Timberline Staff Selected for Harvard Institute
Posted on 05/11/2022

The campus leadership team at Timberline Elementary has been selected to attend a weeklong summer institute at the Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The opportunity is fully funded by the Charles Butt Foundation which announced it will sponsor educators from 51 Texas districts to attend the institutes.

In June, four members of the Timberline Elementary and GCISD staff will travel to Cambridge, Mass., where they will participate in a weeklong workshop focused on school turnaround led by Harvard faculty and other national and international experts. The program is designed to inspire, challenge, and empower school leaders to bring lasting impact to their campuses and communities, the entire state of Texas, and beyond.

“I am thrilled and honored that our leadership team has been chosen to participate in the School Turnaround Leaders Institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.” said Liz Hilcher, Timberline Principal. “I look forward to learning alongside educators from all over the nation to gain a new perspective on school leadership and to create sustainable systemic changes that support moving Timberline forward. I am thankful for the Charles Butt Foundation for supporting this professional development opportunity and cannot wait to share our experience with our campus and district leadership.”

Following the Harvard Institutes, attendees remain a part of the Charles Butt Foundation’s statewide network of school leaders and are empowered to work together to create change at the campus and district levels. Alumni are sponsored to attend the organization’s annual leadership symposium and receive continuous support and professional development.

“Great teachers, along with strong school and district leaders, represent the most significant influencers of academic achievement and supportive culture,” said Tim Miller, Director of Leadership Development at the Charles Butt Foundation. “Our alumni often report that their Harvard experience is the best professional development they have ever experienced and that they return to their campuses energized, inspired, and empowered to make meaningful change that benefits all students.”