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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 across the Capital Region.
One such leader in Washington, D.C. is Carolyne Albert-Garvey of Maury Elementary School. Carolyne has spent the last five years leading Maury from a largely unremarkable school into a highly regarded and sought-after school. Carolyne has used her experience and skill to cultivate a strong school culture marked by strong parent involvement and an active PTA. Additionally, Carolyne has galvanized her staff by providing support and training that allow teachers to walk into their classrooms each day with the tools and know-how necessary to provide game-changing instruction to their students. “To be led (by Carolyne) is an honor and a clear path to causing rippling effects in my students’ lives,” wrote VanNessa Duckett, a fourth-grade teacher at Maury, of her appreciation for Carolyne in a recent Washington Post article announcing the Carolyne as a recipient of the paper’s Distinguished Educational Leadership Award. Additionally, Carolyne was recognized for her transformational work in 2013 when she was awarded District of Columbia Public Schools’ prestigious Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Leadership.
In Prince George’s County, MD, Kim Washington has made transformational progress as principal of Hyattsville Middle School. Kim arrived as principal in 2011 to work with a student body that is 90% students of color and 70% from low-income families. As principal, Kim has instilled a culture of student achievement with an emphasis on career and college readiness and parent and community engagement. After her first year at Hyattsville, the school saw a 31% growth in eighth-grade math scores.
And Najib Jammal, Principal of Lakeland Elementary Middle School in Baltimore, represents the incredible impact an effective school leader can have. Najib arrived as principal in 2010 to work with a student body that is 90% students of color and 94% from low-income families. Najib focused on raising both academic achievement and the quality of extracurricular offerings at Lakeland, starting a debate league, 2 robotics teams and a science and technology-focused after-school program for all grade levels. Najib has also built a school leadership team that is entirely New-Leaders trained, resulting in high achievement for students: this year, Lakeland was in the top-gaining 5% of all elementary and middle schools in Maryland.
Every student deserves a Carolyne, Kim, or Najib 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 Carolyne, Kim, and Najib.
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.