Join Iris in support of Support New Leaders this Giving Tuesday (Bay Area)
Help us change the lives of thousands of children across the bay!
As many of you know, I am VERY dedicated to my work at New Leaders. At New Leaders, we train educators who are passionate about the communities and students they serve and transform them into principals who have the belief, the drive, and the skills to turn around schools.
Leadership matters. In schools with a strong principal, students are set up for success, year after year. In the Bay Area, the need for transformative leaders is great. In Oakland, only 23% of low income middle school students are proficient in Algebra. In San Jose’s East Side Union High School District, only 28% of students are proficient in Math.
What would happen if these schools had a leader willing – and able – to lead students to success?
New Leader Principal Frances Teso is the founding principal of Voices College-Bound Language Academy in East San Jose, a dual language immersion school where students learn in both English and Spanish. A native of San Jose and a product of public school system, Frances returned the neighborhood she grew up in to help change outcomes for students.
Since Frances founded Voices in 2007, the school has seen strong academic gains every year. In Math, student proficiency scores have soared from 46% in 2007 to 89%. Today, Voices is one of the highest-performing dual immersion charter schools in California.
Every student deserves a Frances 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, our goal is to raise $15,000 locally to continue our work. I hope you will support New Leaders by investing in training more leaders like Frances.
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.