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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 and an expert practitioner from within the group. Attendance is limited to 18members 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 2013-2014 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.

  • Elementary School Leadership
  • Middle School Leadership
  • High School Leadership

Sample topics from previous Think Tank sessions:

  • Disruptive Change and the future of Student Learning
  • What if Failure is the Key to Success? Grit and Character
  • What is the state of Creativity in our Schools?
  • The Capacity for Empathy: Do We Teach It?
  • Standards -Based Grading and Reporting: Choice or Inevitability?
  • Surviving and Thriving in School Leadership Roles Today
  • Is the US Falling Behind or Leading the Way Among High Achieving Countries?
  • Students and Anxiety Related Disorders: How can We Help Them?
  • New Teacher Evaluation Systems: How are they Working?
  • Cultural Competence: School Leadership for All Students

Guest speakers during previous Think Tank sessions:

  • Ryan Madigan, McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Rob Evans, Author and Executive Director of The Human Relations Service
  • Jeffrey Mulqueen, Superintendent, Pentucket Regional School District
  • Celene Ayat Lizzio, Assistant Professor, Merrimack College

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 breakfast and lunch
  • Free parking


  • 25 PDPs awarded for the full year (2013-2014 Session)
  • Six (6) sessions throughout the 2013-2014 academic year. Each session is 8:30am - 12:00pm.
  • Cost:  $325 for full year (all inclusive: food, materials, supplies and resources)
  • Location: Merrimack College


Phone: (978) 837-5436