Join Shanita in support of Support New Leaders this Giving Tuesday (Chicago)
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-need schools.
One such leader is Alfonso Carmona of Robert Healy Elementary School in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. Since Alfonso arrived as principal in 2010:
Student growth in reading and math has increased an average of nearly 30 percentage points;
Healy student growth is now in the 98th and 94th percentile nationally in reading and math, respectively;
The number of students going on to the district’s top performing high schools has increased from 15 percent in 2010 to 75 percent in 2014.
Alfonso is a New Leader who is clearly transforming the lives of his students by ensuring that they are achieving at high levels and that they have access to excellent education opportunities when they graduate from Healy. Alfonso focuses on supporting teachers to prepare students to succeed academically, and guides families to focus on the high school options that are best for their students.
Every student deserves an Alfonso 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 Alfonso.
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.