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New Leaders: Giving Tuesday
Wouldn’t it be great if there were a team of leaders in every school ready to lead students to success?
What if these leaders already exist–and they need your support?
I hope you will join me in supporting New Leaders, a national non-profit where I am a proud staff member. We at New Leaders recruit outstanding educators and develop them into transformational principals and leaders for students in high-poverty schools.
One such leader is Rodney Rowan of Cherokee Elementary School in Memphis. When Rodney arrived as principal in 2012, Cherokee was a failing school on the list of the lowest performing schools in Tennessee and had been taken over by the district’s Innovation Zone. Rowan fostered high-energy classrooms, supported hard-working teachers, and created a culture of achievement and core values that are demonstrated throughout the school’s hallways, including “Hardwork Highway,” a hallway lined with reminders about higher education. In two years, the school tripled its proficiency in science, quadrupled proficiency in math, and increased 10 points in reading proficiency. Rowan has transformed Cherokee from a chronically failing school listed on the state’s list of the lowest-performing schools into a Tennessee Reward School, one of the top 5% of schools in the state for student academic growth.
Every student deserves a Rodney in his or her school. We are proud of the more than 1,600 New Leaders we have trained serving over 350,000 children in high-need neighborhoods across the country. But there are many more children in need of a great leader. By 2020, New Leaders will develop 3,000 leaders to prepare 1 million students for success in college, careers, and citizenship.
Our New Leaders need your support. This holiday season, I hope you will support New Leaders by investing in training more leaders like Rodney.
Help fund the training, development, and support of transformational school leaders
New Leaders trains tomorrow’s principals. The people who join this program share a deep belief that all students can achieve at high levels – that demography is not destiny for children in low-income communities. Your gift will support New leaders so they can more adeptly transform underperforming public schools and make a real difference in the lives of students from low-income communities.
About New Leaders
New Leaders seeks to ensure high academic achievement for all children—especially students in poverty and students of color—by developing transformational school leaders and advancing the policies and practices that allow great leaders to succeed.
Why focus on great leaders? School principals are the driving force behind school improvement. One outstanding teacher isn’t enough; students require multiple years of effective teachers to reach academic excellence, especially if they have fallen behind. Strong principals have the skills to support their existing staff to become outstanding teachers and to keep the strongest educators in their schools.
New Leaders’ leadership training begins with our Emerging Leaders Program, which builds a pipeline of promising future school leaders by growing the abilities of talented educators over the course of a year to lead other adults in raising student achievement.
Many Emerging Leaders go on to join our signature Aspiring Principals Program, a rigorous, one-year residency through which we train highly motivated, results-oriented individuals to strengthen our most struggling schools. To ensure that we get the best leaders into schools, we also identify promising talent through a national admissions process.
After their residency, we support our leaders in their critical first years on the job through the Principal Institute, which employs professional learning communities and strategic one-on-one coaching for one or two years to ensure our new principals—and their students—are set up for success. And with our new Leadership Practice Improvement program, we train current school principals and their leadership teams in best practices to raise student achievement.