The fourth annual Education Leadership Case Competition on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 will focus on Pittsburgh public schools and will include the district's superintendent as a judge — marking the first time the head of an urban district has judged the competition.
Organized by the students in the Haas Education Leadership Club, the competition is designed to benefit America’s public schools by developing innovative solutions to contemporary problems and by helping to train tomorrow’s leaders in education reform.
Eleven teams from universities around the country were selected to compete from a record 23 applicants. The represented schools are the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business, Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago, MIT Sloan, University of Virginia, University of Southern California, and Yale School of Management.
This year's case – the Pittsburgh public schools – was recently awarded $40 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for its success as an emerging model of urban education reform. Pittsburgh Superintendent Mark Roosevelt, who has received national recognition for his work, will be among the panel of judges.
The lead sponsor of this year’s Education Leadership Case Competition is the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to improving urban public education. Organizers are actively seeking other sponsors. For more information, visit http://groups.haas.berkeley.edu/education/ELCC/.