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Great leaders = Great schools NEW LEADERS INFORMATION SESSION Recruitment and Admissions Season
2011 © New Leaders | 2 Vision & Mission Vision We envision a day when there is educational excellence and equity across America - when our country’s public schools ensure that every student is prepared for success in college, careers and citizenship. Mission Our mission is 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.
2011 © New Leaders | 3 What we know There is a pressing need for great leadership within our nation’s underperforming schools. By 4th grade, African-American and Latino students are, on average, nearly three academic years behind their white peers. 5-year-olds from low-income communities have one-fourth the vocabulary of their mid-income peers. Nearly 50% of all public school students of color do not graduate from high school. Roughly one in 10 young male high school dropouts is in jail or juvenile detention. Roughly one in 35 young male high school graduates is in jail or juvenile detention.
2011 © New Leaders | 4 What we believe New Leaders holds five core beliefs and values Every student can achieve academically at high levels. All adults must take personal responsibility for student learning and achievement. Great schools are led by great principals. With access to outstanding public education, all students can unlock their fullest potential in the classroom and in life. Delivering high-quality public education to all students is critical to a just society. "What I'm most proud of… …is being part of a school in which 100% of our students were accepted to four-year colleges.” Paul Bambrick-Santoyo New Leaders Principal North Star Academies Network
2011 © New Leaders | 5 What concerns us Across the country, a small number of classrooms and schools are demonstrating high academic achievement for every student. Our society’s greatest challenge is that this kind of success is not being accomplished at scale, especially in high need schools. Drawing upon the strength of our mission, the drive, energy, and expertise of our national staff and school leaders, and the momentum we have gained since our inception, New Leaders is well-positioned to address this challenge. Many of our nation’s schools fail to provide every student with great leadership.
2011 © New Leaders | 6 Where we work New Leaders’ work across a range of environments gives us a unique vantage point on school leadership and education reform. In 2001, we trained and supported 13 aspiring principals in Chicago and New York City. We have grown to build a national community of about 800 outstanding New Leaders in 12 urban areas who serve nearly 250,000 students in a range of school contexts: – District & Charter – Start-Up & Traditional – Elementary, middle, and high schools Bay Area New Orleans & Jefferson Parish Memphis Charlotte Milwaukee Chicago New York Newark Washington, DC Baltimore & Prince George’s County Making a difference coast to coast
2011 © New Leaders | 7 Who we are Our competency-based selection process ensures that New Leaders come from a wide range of pathways and experiences. One-third of New Leaders are men, and two-thirds are women. New Leaders range in age from 25 to 60. About 60% are people of color. New Leaders have experience in district, alternative and charter schools, universities, companies, non-profit organizations and foundations. Our community is very diverse…
2011 © New Leaders | 8 Where we serve New Leaders form a dedicated national community of educators who serve in a variety of school settings. Elementary Middle School High School K – 8 Middle/High School Other (K-12) School levelSchool type Charter District
2011 © New Leaders | 9 Our results We are committed to using data to drive organizational learning, assess programmatic impact, and as a source of accountability in working toward our goals and mission. The most improved or highest performing schools in five cities - and in two cases, states - have been led by New Leaders. Students in K-8 schools led by New Leaders for at least three years are making achievement gains faster than comparable students in their districts by significant margins. In 2010, 23% of 2+ New Leaders led schools made dramatic gains in math and ELA combined. This compares to 12% of district schools. In 2010, the average four year graduation rate in New Leaders-led high schools was 71%. This compares to 63% in district schools.
2011 © New Leaders | 10 Making a difference New Leader-led schools have been among the top gaining schools in nearly every city in our program. In 2009, Harriet Tubman was the highest gaining K-8 school in Baltimore In 2010, Manzanita SEED Elementary was the highest gaining school in Oakland. In 2010, 5 of the top 25 gainers in Chicago were led by New Leaders. In 2009, Shannon Elementary was the highest gaining school and the only school to make a combined gain of more than 20 percentage points across ELA and Math in Memphis New York City 2009: Academy for Scholarship & Entrepreneurship’s middle school was the 5th highest gainer; Dual Language Middle was the 7th highest gainer; Williamsburg Prep had the 3rd highest overall progress report score, putting it in the 99th percentile of 310 high schools In 2009, Sylvanie Williams was the highest gaining school in New Orleans. Bay Area Milwaukee Chicago Memphis Charlotte New Orleans & Jefferson Parish Baltimore & Prince George’s County Washington,DC New York City & Newark
2011 © New Leaders | 11 Our programs and ongoing support I. Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) II. Aspiring Principals Program (APP) III. Principal Institute & New Leader Network
2011 © New Leaders | 12 Emerging Leaders Program overview Expands our pipeline of future leaders Starts participants on the pathway to one day becoming principals, and teaches them how to drive academic success for students in high-poverty schools. Driven by our district and charter management organization partners to develop the leadership skills of talented teachers and administrators If you are currently in an instructional or instructional leadership role in one of our partner districts, the Emerging Leaders Program is your pathway to the principalship.
2011 © New Leaders | 13 Emerging Leaders Program outcomes. Participants learn how to: Lead team of teachers in improving student achievement Effectively use and implement data-driven instruction Build and strengthen classroom culture across a team Refine curriculum to be rigorous and college- preparatory Improve interpersonal and facilitative skills Manage projects, people and teams in support of high goals for the school and students
2011 © New Leaders | 14 Emerging Leaders Program candidates Hold school-based instructional or instructional leadership role Work within one of the districts or charter partners in which we are running the program Are nominated by a supervisor or New Leaders staff in collaboration with that local district or charter partner Meet the eligibility requirements in that program city for entry into the Aspiring Principals Program If you think the Emerging Leaders Program might be right for you, please visit for more information!www.newleaders.org
2011 © New Leaders | 15 Aspiring Principals Program Our comprehensive program is broken down into two segments I. Foundational Program Summer Foundations and seminars during Residency year II. Residency Year Full-time paid position This program leads into our Principal Institute & participation in the New Leaders Network
2011 © New Leaders | 16 Aspiring Principals Program Foundational Program Rigorous four-week summer training institute with Residents from across the nation. Held the last five years on the campus of Boston University. Additional one-week seminars with Residents from across the nation. Location varies each session. Taught by outstanding educators and national education experts. Focuses on developing instructional and organizational leadership skills.
2011 © New Leaders | 17 Aspiring Principals Program Residency Year Yearlong, full-time, paid Residency in an urban public school, working alongside a mentor principal. Direct responsibility for raising student achievement and leading teachers as a full member of the school leadership team. Support from a veteran mentor principal on the New Leaders staff. Ongoing, intensive academic studies that further develop leadership skills.
2011 © New Leaders | 18 Principal Institute & New Leader Network Support and Community Job search assistance to identify and secure school leadership positions. Our newest initiative, the Principal Institute, provides first-year K-8 and first and second-year high school New Leader principals with monthly support to hone leadership skills. Lifelong membership and ongoing support from our New Leaders national network and broader community. Shared best practices, ongoing PD, expert consultations and access to high-quality, nationally-provided resources.
2011 © New Leaders | 19 Benefits of our Programs Rigorous coursework taught by national experts Professional development and peer support Professional salary with full benefits during the Residency Ongoing support for all first-year K-8 New Leader Principals and all first and second-year high school New Leader principals Training at no cost to participants – room, board, and coursework are provided A national community of like-minded peers focused on delivering results for all students Access to tools and resources to support school and student achievement “As a school leader, I hold myself to high standards. New Leaders is just as rigorous, with multiple layers of support built in.” Kimi Kean New Leaders Principal ACORN Woodland Elementary School In return for these benefits, New Leaders commit to serving at least six years in the cities in which they work.
2011 © New Leaders | 20 Aspiring Principals Program admissions process I. Eligibility Verification Eligibility verification must be completed by all applicants at least 48 hours before the deadline. Candidates will receive a user license to complete the application via once they have completed the eligibility verification stage. II. Online Application The online application consists of a number of short answer and essay questions to allow you to showcase your accomplishments and let us know more about you and why you are interested in urban school leadership. III. First Round Assessment Applicants invited to participate in a First Round Assessment will be given the opportunity to share their experiences and thoughtfully discuss their interest in becoming an urban public school principal. IV. Finalist Selection Day Finalist Selection Day is designed to simulate a day in the life of principal. This full day of interviews may include a written assignment, one-on-one interviews, case studies and role-plays. V. Reference Checks For those applicants who are selected to advance beyond Finalist Selection Day, a member of our team will perform reference checks. “Once I began my application with New Leaders, I was immediately impressed by the thoughtfulness and thoroughness of their admissions process. I knew that my interests and experience were valued because of my interaction with professional and personable team members who were there to support me and maximize my success.” Rod Bowen New Leaders Principal The Dreamyard Preparatory School
2011 © New Leaders | 21 Selection Criteria The Selection Criteria summarize the characteristics shared by every New Leaders principal. Belief that all students will achieve college success Relentless Drive to Achieve Results Adult Leadership Student Achievement Results Personal Improvement Project Management Interpersonal Skills
2011 © New Leaders | 22 Application Deadlines FINAL DEADLINE February 7 th 2012 Mini-Deadline #1: September 13 th 2011 Mini-Deadline #2: October 13 th 2011 Mini-Deadline #3: December 1 st 2011 MINI - DEADLINES
2011 © New Leaders | 23 Maximizing Success We offer a number of resources designed to help maximize a candidate’s success before beginning an online application. Virtual information sessions, hosted by our National Recruitment team *ONLINE REGISTRATION REQUIRED* These sessions offer first-hand insight into the New Leaders admissions process and programs. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the New Leaders experience from New Leaders’ staff members as well as current New Leaders Residents and Principals. A sample online application and application tips available on our website These documents serve as invaluable tools as they will prepare you for what to expect when beginning an actual application. The New Leaders online media center Explore a wide range of videos that provide dynamic, in-depth information about the New Leaders experience. Like us on Facebook!
2011 © New Leaders | 24 Common Questions (1 of 3) An extensive list of frequently asked questions is available on our website. While all applicants must meet our rigorous Selection Criteria, there are minimum application requirements that vary by program city. All applicants must possess instructional expertise in a K-12 setting and a minimum of two to five years of full-time, K-12 classroom teaching experience, depending on the program site. Some New Leaders have upwards of 25 years of classroom experience. On average, New Leaders enter the principalship after having taught for seven years A teaching certificate is required in some of our program cities. City-specific information is available on our website. What is the minimum number of years of teaching experience required to apply?
2011 © New Leaders | 25 Common Questions (2 of 3) Foundations is an intense and inspiring learning experience with classes beginning early and work often stretching into the evening. Residents attend sessions with faculty from 8AM until approximately 4PM. Sessions may include discussions, small group work, lectures and presentations. On some afternoons, Residents participate in case-study groups, peer-led presentations, optional discussion sessions, and/or book talks. Evenings may be devoted to reading, assignments, special presenters and/or preparation for class. Some afternoons, evenings, and weekends are free of any scheduled activities so Residents can take breaks and leverage opportunities to connect with one another. Summer Foundations runs from late June through late July. For the last five Cohorts, it has been held on the campus of Boston University, but the location for 2012 has not yet been determined. What does a typical day at Summer Foundations look like?
2011 © New Leaders | 26 Common Questions (3 of 3) Upon completion of the Residency year and city-specific requirements, most New Leaders receive formal certification and licensure as administrators in their respective states. Each program site either has a university partner that recognizes the New Leaders coursework that leads to administrative certification, or has been formally approved by the city and state as a certifying program. In all cases, we have mapped our curriculum to state standards and as long as you successfully complete the requirements of the New Leaders Residency, coursework, and weekly seminars, you will receive certification. Some program sites require that you pass additional state and/or district assessments during or at the end of your residency to obtain certification. Team members at our local program offices are available to provide more detailed information. Will I have my administrative certification after my Residency?
2011 © New Leaders | 27 Contact Info National Recruitment Team x2 Check for city specific contact information, or our main info address and we will send you contact information for a recruiter in your area.www.newleaders.org Our staff is here to support you throughout your application process!
2011 © New Leaders | 28 To Learn More… Visit us online at: Thank you for your interest in New Leaders! Please check our website for city-specific contact information, or with questions.
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