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Dear Family & Friends,
What if every child attended a great public school?
What if there were a team of leaders in each school with the skills to support academic excellence for ALL students?
What if these leaders already exist-and they need your support?
On January 8, 2014, I will celebrate seven years as a staff member at New Leaders, working to ensure that low-income children have access to a quality education. I think each of you understands that receiving the best education possible is the only chance that many of our kids have, to change their lives and often the lives of their family members. I am asking you to partner with me in this work by supporting New Leaders. Help us continue to develop outstanding school leaders across the country, who work tirelessly to prepare kids in high-poverty schools for success in college, careers and citizenship. Abdullah Zaki of Kelly Miller Middle School in Washington, DC is just one example – please read her story below.
Please help me reach my goal of 20 donors by December 22nd. Every little bit counts, whether you donate $10, $25, $50 or more!
Thank you for helping me continue to make a difference every day for our children.
When Abdullah arrived as principal in 2010, academic achievement was low, and truancy and suspensions were common. Abdullah used his experience gleaned from over 15 years as an educator in the DC Public Schools to focus on supporting teachers to use data to make decisions about teaching, providing quality professional development opportunities for teachers, and establishing a culture of equity, excellence and high expectations for all students. Under Abdullah’s leadership, truancy has dropped from 30% to 1% and suspensions have dropped by over 50%. Over a three-year period, Kelly Miller students’ scores have increased more than 30% in math and more than 15% in reading.
Every student in our country deserves an Abdullah in his or her school. The great news is that New Leaders already serve 250,000 children and their families in high-need neighborhoods across the country, and we’re growing to serve 500,000 children over the next three years. These New Leaders need your support.
I hope you will support New Leaders this holiday season by investing in training more leaders like Abdullah.
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.