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School of Education & Social Policy

Leadership Think Tanks

Join a dynamic working group of educators committed to exploring best practices and key issues with a 21st century perspective.

Leadership Think Tanks are learning communities focused on educational innovation and problem solving. They bring together individuals across districts in a variety of leadership positions. Together, we read thoughtfully, learn from expert speakers, share best practices, and develop a collegial working space to delve into critical issues and explore bold perspectives.

Each Think Tank is co-led by a faculty member in the School of Education & Social Policy and a practitioner from within the group. Attendance is limited to 18 members to promote discussion. Sessions include outside experts and guest speakers from Merrimack College in addition to member-led sessions around key issues and best practices.

Think Tanks for 2015-2016 invite a broad range of school leaders to participate.

We welcome team and grade level leaders, curriculum coordinators, guidance directors, assistant principals, principals and others who exercise a leadership role in your school.

Sample topics from previous Think Tank sessions:

  • Can Visible Thinking Strengthen the Culture of Learning in our Schools?
  • Who Is Really in Charge of the Accountability Movement?
  • Behavior, Anxiety and Mental Health Issues: How Can We Help Our Students Today?
  • The Maker Movement: 21st Century Evolution or Revolution?
  • Courageous Communication and Difficult Conversations: Functions of School Leadership
  • Is creativity disappearing from our schools - Just when we need it the most?
  • Standards – Based Assessment and Reporting for Middle and High School: Challenges and Opportunities
  • The Psychology of Effective Teaching
  • Project Based and Academic Expeditionary Learning Models
  • Mindful Meditation and Leadership Challenges
  • The Big History Project: What does it offer our students?
  • The High School Master Schedule: Reflection of Values or Driver of Values?
  • Multiple Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS): Making It Work for All Students
  • Generational Change in Schools: The Millenials are Here!
  • America in the Middle: International Comparisons of High Achieving Countries

Benefits to Educators, Schools, and Districts:

  • Unites individuals within a professional community of practice
  • Enhances educators’ professional development
  • Expands network of resources and professional support

Think Tank members receive:

  • Complimentary lunch
  • Free parking


  • 25 PDPs awarded for the full year (2015-2016 Session)
  • Six (6) sessions throughout the 2015-2016 academic year. Each session is 8:30am - 12:00pm.
  • Cost:  $350 for full year (all inclusive: food, materials, supplies and resources)
  • Location: Merrimack College


Phone: (978) 837-3414

2015-2016 Think Tank Sessions: