Exceptional Western Australian principals will travel to Harvard University to learn from the world's best educators in the first-ever partnership of its kind in Australia.
Announcing the partnership with the Boston-based university, Education Minister Peter Collier said up to 20 Independent Public School principals would participate in a two-year leadership development program.
"This amazing opportunity will help drive the next era of innovation and reform in public schools," Mr Collier said.
The Independent Public School Principals' Fellowship Program includes an intensive course delivered by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, online learning and executive mentoring.
The Minister said the fellowship program aimed to acknowledge the very best principals. and extend their influence and expertise within schools and into the community.
Harvard was chosen because of its international reputation for excellence in school leadership development, and the opportunity it gives WA principals to meet their colleagues from around the world.
"We must always strive for improvement, share ideas and give our best leaders the skills to advance our public school system even further," Mr Collier said.
There will be another intake of up to 20 more principals into the fellowship program in 2017.
The first Independent Public Schools in WA started operating in 2010
There are now 445 Independent Public Schools in WA
Up to 50 more schools will be operating as Independent Public Schools in 2017
Minister's office - 6552 6300