New Leaders

Great leaders = Great schools TM


New Leaders
17 North State Street, Suite 1790
Chicago, IL 60602
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Learn more about our work with the Chicago Leadership Collaborative and watch the video to meet Gladys Rodriguez, a Chicago New Leader from our latest cohort of aspiring principals.

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New Leaders has been in partnership with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) since 2001. As of 2012, we have trained 200 leaders through our leadership training programs, who are driving academic success for 100,000 students in Chicago.

In 2012, we will be expanding our work significantly as a major partner in the Chicago Leadership Collaborative (CLC), where New Leaders and other key organizations will train a large cadre of talented principals for our lowest performing schools. As a part of the CLC, we will be training 25-40 potential principal candidates in our Aspiring Principals Program and 50-70 teacher leaders in our Emerging Leaders Program every year for the next three years, effectively doubling our current scale.

NewLeadersGrowth_Chicago2The need for transformative leaders throughout school systems in Chicago remains urgent. While there has been progress made in increasing student achievement levels since we began our work in 2001, the gap in proficiency levels in CPS is still prevalent:

  • 20 percent fewer students who are on free or reduced lunch met or exceeded standards on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)
  • Only 10 percent of Black male students exceeded standards on the ISAT in 2011, compared to 40 percent of White male students.

We believe that great schools start with great leaders who seize the amazing opportunity to turn around these kinds of statistics and students’ life opportunities.

Chicago New Leaders

Chicago’s New Leaders serve children from some of the city’s most low-income neighborhoods – 84 percent of the students who attend schools led by a New Leader receive free and reduced lunch.

Chicago’s New Leaders make a difference in the lives of children. Two-thirds of K-8 schools in Chicago led by a New Leader for three or more years have outperformed the district over the course of that tenure, making greater gains on average in reading and math combined. In 2010, five New Leader schools ranked in the top 25 highest gaining schools in proficient/advanced out of more than 500 K-8 schools in Chicago. In 2010, New Leader high schools in Chicago averaged higher freshmen on-track rates and graduation rates than the district average, minus selective enrollment high schools.

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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