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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?
Were you a student in an urban public school district? Even if you weren’t, do you remember that one teacher that believed in you more than you believed in yourself? I know I do. If it wasn’t for coach McGavock, I don’t know where I would be right now? How amazing would it be if there was a school of leaders with the same agenda, delivering the same message, challenging and supporting our kids to be great!
I hope you will join me in supporting New Leaders (www.newleaders.org), a national non-profit that I work for and believe in 100%! 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 Monica Thomas, who founded Greenleaf Elementary School in Oakland in 2007. Greenleaf Elementary is a K-8 public school serving 548 students in a high poverty community in East Oakland. Greenleaf strives for academic excellence from all its students and expects staff and students to follow the school’s principals of learning: integrity, determination, pride, and inquiry. The school works to address the unique needs of its community, providing an integrated after-school program for its students and heavily engages parents through consistent progress reports, an ELAC (English Language Advisory Council), workshops and other adult educational opportunities.
New Leader Monica Thomas was Greenleaf’s founding principal. Under her guidance, Greenleaf Elementary steadily improved outcomes for its students, increasing proficiency in math and English/language arts (ELA). During her tenure, the school gained 84 points on the Academic Performance Index (API – a key indicator of school quality) moving from 730 to 814. Similarly, Monica drove double digit gains in both Math and ELA proficiencies – Math scores went from 50 percent to 72 percent, and ELA grew from 27.4 percent to 48 percent during the same time period. After five years of leading Greenleaf and shaping its culture, Monica moved onto a district leadership position in fall of 2013 where she is impacting the learning of even more students in the district. New Leader Melanie Schoeppe has assumed the principalship and is in her first year leading Greenleaf.
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.