New Leaders

Leadership Changes Everything

New York, NY   |  www.newleaders.org

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.

Ruling year info

2022

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Jean S. Desravines

Main address

30 West 26th Street 10th Floor

New York, NY 10010 USA

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Formerly known as

New Leaders for New Schools

EIN

04-3519203

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The future of American democracy depends upon the excellent education of our schoolchildren. In communities across America, both urban and rural, large and small, we have failed to create school systems that nurture our children's capacity as readers, writers, mathematicians, and scientists. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), more than 22,000 schools—approximately 25 percent of schools across the country—are designated by states as underperforming, failing to provide nearly 15 million students with quality public education. For students of color and students in poverty, the situation is even more dire, as schools exacerbate societal inequities and leave millions of students unprepared to successfully pursue and achieve their postsecondary aspirations. This has a profound impact on the lives of these students, their families, and their communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Aspiring Principals Program

Our signature program trains tomorrow’s principals to turn around underperforming schools and the lives of the students who attend them. The people who join our program share a deep belief that all students can achieve at high levels – that demography is not destiny for children if the adults can get it right.

Population(s) Served

The Emerging Leaders Program strengthens the leadership skills of talented teachers, coaches and assistant principals in partner districts and charter management organizations, putting participants on the pathway to the principalship while building leadership capacity across a system. We teach participants powerful mindsets and skill sets to start driving achievement gains in their schools right away. If candidates live in one of our program cities, the Emerging Leaders Program is the primary pathway into the Aspiring Principals Program.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

"It's the Principal that Matters" Documentary 2010

Visionaries, Inc. for PBS

Innovations in American Government Award 2009

ASH Institute for Democratic Governance at Harvard University

Organization of the Year 2008

NewSchools Venture Fund

5 Year Winner - Social Capitalist Award 2008

Fast Company/Monitor Group

Finalist with The Boeing Company for the Partnership Award 2006

US Chamber of Commerce

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

leadership, and rigorous and engaging curriculum. The presence of only one or two of these elements is
insufficient. In line with evidence on school improvement, New Leaders views schools as the unit of
change and effective school leaders as the best leverage point to transform underperforming schools at
scale. Since our founding in 2001, New Leaders has executed against its mission of ensuring high
academic achievement for all children, especially students in poverty and students of color, by
developing transformational school leaders (at all levels—from teacher leaders to sitting principals to
principal managers and superintendents) and advancing the policies and practices that allow great
leaders to succeed.

Recognizing the leading role we have played to develop dedicated, skilled leaders at every level by
preparing 4,000 outstanding school leaders in more than 30 cities nationwide, and reaching 500,000
students to date, we also acknowledge that we only develop a fraction of school leaders across the
country each year. We can do better.

New Leaders cannot accomplish the ambitious vision that K-12 education advocates have been chipping
away at for decades by maintaining the status quo. To have many more great public schools, we must
dramatically increase the number of well-prepared school leaders. Building on our success to date, New
Leaders is ready to embark on an ambitious mission to drastically scale the number of school leaders
prepared, from 4,000 in total over the past 18 years, to 4,000 leaders annually by 2025.

Pursuing this catalytic goal that will improve outcomes for 1 million students each year is not merely
aspirational. New Leaders has been building toward this goal since the inception of the Aspiring
Principals Program. Research studies have shown the positive - and statistically significant - impact of
our Aspiring Principals program on student achievement, most recently through a 2019 RAND
Corporation report that studied Emerging Leaders through Aspiring Principals training. At the same time,
we found that taking our work to the next level of scale and impact - providing meaningful, effective
leadership development that reaches increasing numbers of educators and students at a cost that
districts can afford - required significant shifts in not only who we serve, but also in how we design and
execute programming.

Over the next several years, we will work to define a suite of programs under the umbrella of Leadership Pathways: 1) our signature programs (Emerging Leaders & Aspiring Principals), where districts seek them; 2) streamlining our flexible models into more consistent Program Pathways; and 3) deeper dives into a small number of districts through Leadership Networks. In addition, we anticipate continued piloting of innovative program structures, such as Leadership Networks, that will allow us to build new opportunities and continue to innovate. Our recently
announced opportunity to influence principal preparation across the country through partnerships with
institutes of higher education is poised to support a dramatic expansion of the number of leaders we
reach, while drawing on the content and lessons learned from across our Leadership Pathways.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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New Leaders

Board of directors
as of 04/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Theodore Colbert, III

The Boeing Company and Boeing Global Services

Joshua Lewis

Salmon River Capital

Jonathan Schnur

America Achieves

Barbara Hyde

J.R. Hyde III Family Foundation

Naomi O. Seligman

Ostriker von Simson, Inc.

Mike Johnston

Colorado Senate District 33

Tripp Jones

21c LLC

Martin Lippert

MetLife, Inc.

Linnea Roberts

Roberts Foundation and GingerBread Capital

Jan Rock Zubrow

MedCapital, LLC

Billy Campbell

Palmetto Southern Production and Advisory

Jean Desravines

New Leaders

Steve White

Comcast

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/10/2021

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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Black/African American
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