Through our partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), New Leaders is committed to driving an improvement in school performance and closing the achievement gap.
Our efforts begin with the New Leaders we recruit, train and place to help students of poverty and students of color prepare for college, career and citizenship. School reform is flourishing in the Charlotte area, and CMS is widely regarded as one of the leading urban school systems in the country. The infrastructure, policies and practices are in place to raise student achievement to their highest levels, but to do so we must develop a pipeline of capable and passionate leaders who are dedicated to serving in Charlotte’s highest need public schools.
A Message from Charlotte:
Greetings from Charlotte, North Carolina! Our public schools are the 2011 recipient of the Broad Prize, the largest education award in the country given to school districts. The Broad Prize has been awarded to Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools this year because we demonstrated the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement, while also significantly reducing the achievement gaps among low-income and minority students. New Leaders is a big part of the innovation happening here in Charlotte, but it’s important to note that our work has just begun. We need to continue to develop truly transformational school leaders if we are to realize our collective vision of making Charlotte the first public school district in America to not only reduce the achievement gap, but to eliminate it.
New Leaders launched in Charlotte in 2009, and three short years later our leaders have garnered some impressive initial results with their students. We partner closely with district innovations such as Strategic Staffing, which allows increased leadership autonomies for highly effective leaders working in the highest need schools in Charlotte, and with Project L.I.F.T. a $55 million dollar reform effort focused on dramatically transforming a K-12 corridor in West Charlotte, one of our city’s most critical need areas. We also partner closely with regional and national thought partners such as Teach For America, KIPP, Leaders for Tomorrow and the New Teacher Project to ensure that we are always improving our practice so that more students can benefit.
To be a part of New Leaders in Charlotte is to be a part of a growing community of practice that is supportive, innovative and transformative. We have an incredible amount of important work to be done and a tremendous amount of community support all united behind the common vision that every child, parent, teacher and leader should accept nothing less than educational excellence for each of our city’s 138,000 students.