New Leaders

Great leaders = Great schools TM


New Leaders
505 14th St., Suite 250
Oakland, CA 94612
510-590-9978 fax
Contact: Risha Riley Booker

Bay Area


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Bay Area New Leaders are closing the achievement gap

Most of our Bay Area New Leaders work in traditional and charter public schools in Oakland, where the achievement gap is at a crisis point:

  • Less than 45 percent of the students in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) are proficient or better in math and reading.
  • The dropout rate for African-American students in Oakland is nearly three times the state average, and for Latino students it is more than double.
  • In 2009-2010 only 15 percent of low-income students attended Oakland public schools that met the state’s minimum criteria for a “quality” public school.

Despite the troubling statistics, Bay Area New Leaders have made great progress

  • OUSD is the most improved urban school district in California over the last seven years. New Leaders have played a critical role in that progress, consistently driving higher gains than the average OUSD school.
  • New Leader Principals led three of the 10 top-gaining K-8 schools in OUSD in math and English language arts scores on California’s most recent STAR test.
  • Schools led by New Leader Principals in OUSD traditional schools achieved gains that were twice as high on the Academic Performance Index (API) as other OUSD traditional schools, according to our preliminary analysis of 2010-2011 data.

Bay Area New Leaders

Founded in 2001 through a joint effort with Aspire Public Schools, the Bay Area was among the first New Leader program sites. In 2003 we partnered with OUSD to play an important role in the district’s new Small Schools Initiative.

Today, 38 New Leaders serve Oakland traditional and charter public schools and 19 more work in other public schools in the greater Bay Area. Five New Leaders have district leadership positions in Bay Area district or charter management organizations. Collectively, New Leaders are now impact the learning of more than 20,000 Bay Area students. Bay Area New Leaders serve a student population comprised of 80% students of color, 67% students eligible for free or reduced lunch, and more than 30% who are English language learners.

The urgent need for strong, capable school leaders drives our focus on Oakland: in 2011-2012, OUSD had principal vacancies in at least 20 percent of its schools. To scale our impact, we are collaborating with Oakland public schools on the new Emerging Leaders Program to better prepare Oakland teachers and administrators for leadership roles. In the coming years, we plan to expand this program to other Bay Area districts.

With over 10 years of leadership development experience, a powerful community of leaders and a strong track record of results, Bay Area New Leaders have the unique ability and experience to make a tangible difference in the education of all students.

We encourage and welcome your involvement in New Leaders! To learn more about becoming a Bay Area New Leader, please read more about the application process. To support our work and be a part of transforming Bay Area schools, please make a gift today.

Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program grows the adult leadership capabilities of talented teachers and instructional leaders, starting them on the path to a leadership role.

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Aspiring Principals Program

The Aspiring Principals Program is a best-in-class principal training program. We are currently accepting new applications.

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