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This website was originally created by Sheyla Gyles and Zoe Valladares, two students attending Washington Leadership Academy

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OCTOBER 15 OR 16 - Information sessions (presentation

by OCTOBER 25 - Submit your application to GU_EML@schoolleaderlab.org. The application includes three short essays and supervisor letter of support (for charter applicants)

NOVEMBER 4 - Interviews begin

MID-NOVEMBER - Selected applicants notified
DECEMBER 13 - Selected applicants need to formally submit their application to Georgetown University

If you are interested in learning more, please share your contact information here.

The selection committee is led by Georgetown University faculty, in partnership with DCPS and School Leader Lab.


Accepted applicants or their schools will be responsible for $20,000 in tuition costs* which includes meals and snacks on program days, books and materials, food and lodging for retreats. 

The Walton Family Foundation and Georgetown University are supporting this opportunity for public school leaders to earn the EML degree for substantially less than the typical cost of $77,000. Tuition payments are due on a delayed schedule, in August 2020.

* DCPS is providing $10,000 in tuition assistance for DCPS participants, and some charter LEAs may also be providing assistance. 


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Contact Stephanie Shultz (DCPS leaders)

or Amanda Borden (public charter school leaders)



In partnership with DCPS and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, we support DC charter school leaders as part of the Executive Masters in Leadership for Public School Leaders [EML PSL] cross-sector collaboration.


EML PSL is a cohort-based development program for experienced public school leaders in charter and district, principal and system-level roles. The twelve-month program is held on alternating weekends throughout the year. 


Leveraging theory and experiential learning, the program offers insights to leadership and encourages participants to relate subject matter to everyday professional experiences.

By commencement, students will be able to:

  • meet the leadership challenges they are currently facing—and will face in the future

  • discover their passion and purpose as leaders to achieve mission success

  • deal effectively with uncertainty

  • become more skilled motivational speakers

  • master “difficult conversations”

  • understand and successfully manage stakeholder relationships

  • apply the principle of “influence without authority”

  • build trust and credibility as a leader

  • 12-month cohort, January-December 2020

  • For each of the fourteen courses, the student will have a major written assignment to analyze a current or past leadership challenge they faced

  • as leader. Courses are held approximately every other weekend (Friday and Saturday), adjusted for testing periods and holidays

    Opening Retreat - Leading the Mission-Driven Organization: Passion, Purpose, and Practical Skills Mid-Program Retreat - Resilience, Renewal, and Revival: Putting the LIFE Back Into Your Leadership Closing Retreat - Let Your Life Speak: Courage and Moral Leadership

  • Four executive coaching sessions

  • Final project