Professor Higgins has taken the lead on four education research projects since joining Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2007. All four projects focus on leadership development and organizational change. The first focuses on learning and development within senior leadership district teams in Connecticut. The second and third focus on learning and accountability experienced by teachers in two large urban districts, Chicago and New York City, and how such organizational conditions relate to school performance and change. The fourth project focuses on whether and how Teach for America has played an influential role in developing entrepreneurial leaders in education.
Described below are the origins of each project, the progress that has been made, and Professor Higgins' aspirations for these projects going forward.