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The Leadership Academy, Inc.

Empowering leaders. Transforming schools for every student.

aka The Leadership Academy   |   Long Island City, NY   |  www.leadershipacademy.org

Mission

We build the capacity of educational leaders at every level of the system to disrupt systemic inequities and create the conditions necessary for all students to thrive.

Ruling year info

2003

President & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Nancy Gutierrez

Main address

10-27 46th Ave Suite 0101

Long Island City, NY 11101 USA

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EIN

03-0503570

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our nation’s schools face a dual crisis: Black, indigenous, and students of color disproportionately lack access to the most adept teachers and challenging and engaging learning. At the same time, there is a shortage of education leaders with the skills, knowledge and beliefs to disrupt these inequities and ensure that each student is learning within a system intentionally built for them to achieve academic, social and emotional success. It is well-documented that students in the United States live and learn in racially segregated spaces, and that this segregation is the product of generations of racialized oppression, both codified and cultural. Within and across these segregated spaces, inequity is constantly reproduced through both action and inaction – and will continue to be without strong leadership to disrupt it.

Our programs

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School & District Leadership Development

The Leadership Academy (TLA) is a national nonprofit organization that builds the capacity of educational leaders, at every level of the system, to confront inequities and create the conditions necessary for all students to thrive.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Leadership is the essential lever for transforming schools and realizing an equitable, just society. We believe culturally responsive instructional leaders recognize the impact of institutionalized racism on their own lives and the lives of the students and families they work with, and embrace their role in mitigating, disrupting, and dismantling systemic oppression. We are committed to developing leaders with the will and skill to ensure the well-being of students who have been disproportionately failed by our nation’s schools, specifically students of color, multilingual students, students with special needs and those living in low income communities.

We support education leaders on the school, system, and state levels, empowering them to transform their leadership and create culturally rich environments in which all students can thrive. We strive to be thought leaders and provocateurs that balance research and practice and provide leaders the support and resources they need to implement such change. Given how complex and deep-seated Americans’ beliefs about race and equity are, we believe the one-time workshops so common in K-12 professional development are not effective in building leaders’ capacity to create culturally responsive environments for students. Instead, our approach is based on hands-on, job-embedded experiences and small group instruction. We guide leaders through hard conversations about race and bias, developing their ability to lead their own staff in the work.

Through direct facilitation and capacity building of local talent, our program model includes:
• Partnering with school boards, superintendents, and other district leadership to help develop educational equity and transform schools
• Supporting school leaders in developing leadership teams that accelerate school improvement
• Providing hands-on learning for aspiring and sitting principals, with a focus on racial equity
• Guiding school systems in developing their own aspiring principal programs to help expand their leadership pipelines
• Coaching equity officers around developing innovative approaches to transform schools.
• Training principal supervisors to build the capacity of school leaders to lead teachers in improving student learning
• Partnering with school boards, superintendents, and other district leadership to help develop educational equity and transform schools

Because inequity is so deeply embedded in educational systems, identifying and dismantling it must necessarily be a foundational precept of leadership. Complex, fundamental and structural changes must occur in order to ensure schools are intentionally designed for each child. Moreover, the process of dismantling inequities should be rooted in the experiences and perspectives of students, families, staff, and the community, and implemented by leaders who know how to continuously learn from and listen to those most impacted.

The Leadership Academy, a nationally recognized nonprofit, aims to build the capacity of educational leaders to confront inequities and create the conditions necessary for all students to thrive. We develop leaders with the will and skill to accelerate learning for students who have been disproportionately failed by our nation’s schools, specifically Black, Indigenous and students of color, multilingual students, students with special needs, and those living in low-income communities. On average, the student population of the schools The Leadership Academy serves is: 26% White, 24% African American, 9% Asian, 37% Latinx, 14% ELL, 15% students with disabilities, and 64% free or reduced-price meals.

Through hands-on, job-embedded experiences, we guide school leaders through challenging conversations about race and bias, developing their ability to lead their own staff in doing so, and support them in growing leadership teams that accelerate school improvement focused on racial equity. We also build the capacity of principal supervisors to support principals in these ways and help district Cabinet members understand and model anti-racist, culturally responsive leadership. All our work is grounded in our framework, Culturally Responsive Leadership (CRL): A Framework for School & School System Leaders, which provides a set of research-based leadership behaviors and actions, aligned with national leadership standards, that reflect what leaders do when they create and grow school communities in which each and every student thrives. The framework focuses our district partnerships on such essential questions as: What does effective standards-aligned, culturally-relevant instruction look like? And what does a culturally responsive leader do when they successfully support a culturally responsive teacher?

Over the past 17 years, we have worked directly with more than 6,000 leaders in 190 school systems in 37 states through our customized, leadership-focused professional learning, coaching support, and programmatic capacity building.

Our Strategic Plan - Leadership Academy 2025 - outlines three essential needs identified through our work with thousands of school and system leaders across the country. With these needs in mind, we identified the high-leverage research-based actions we can take to support systems in making change on the classroom level while also making sustainable change on the system level. Those actions are captured in the three objectives or “drivers” that will guide our strategic plan for the next five years.

Driver 1: Link school leadership to culturally responsive classroom practices.
Driver 2: Support system-level leaders in developing a comprehensive approach to dismantling inequities and transforming student learning.
Driver 3: Create and share a research-driven leadership platform for systemic change.

Financials

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The Leadership Academy, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/09/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jonathan Moses

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Term: 2008 -

Jonathan Moses

Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Erik W. Kahn

Partner, Bryan Cave LLP

Sy Sternberg

Retired Chairman & CEO, New York Life Insurance Company

Scott D. Widmeyer

Managing Partner, Widmeyer - A Finn Partners Company

Donald F. Donahue

President and CEO (retired), The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation

Kathrerine Bibb Hubbard

President & Founder, Learning Heroes

Jeanny Pak

Managing Director UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Darline Robles

Professor of Clinical Education USC Rossier School of Education

Kendra Ferguson

Principal Consultant Ferguson Consulting Group

Javaid Siddiqi

President & CEO The Hunt Institute

Mark Kornblau

Managing Partner Softbank

Hector Montenegro

President & CEO Montenegro Consultant Group

Robert Wise

Former Governor, Virginia

Organizational demographics

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Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

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