New Leaders

Great leaders = Great schools TM

Washington, D.C.


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As a primary partner in leadership development in the District of Columbia since 2003, New Leaders been a leader in creating transformational impact for public district and charter schools. As one of the pioneer organizations that has helped build momentum for education reform in our nation’s capital, New Leaders recruits, trains and supports school leaders who help students in poverty and students of color prepare for college, career and citizenship. Currently, our New Leaders serve 20 percent of the schools in Washington, D.C., or more than 20,000 students in every ward of the city.  Approximately 35 percent of our leaders are serving the high-need wards seven and eight.

We have strong relationships with Washington, D.C. Public Schools, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Friends of Choice in Urban Schools, Teach for America, the Achievement Network and numerous other education reform organizations.

As part of our core work training New Leaders, and with the support of the New Schools Venture Fund, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, the Washington D.C. Public Charter School Board, we have spearheaded a groundbreaking charter school initiative that creates a pipeline of leaders trained specifically for the charter sector.

In addition, we contribute to the greater goal of school leadership development through professional development events open to leaders across the city, such as our Local Leadership Summit (November 2011), a Charter Symposium on Succession & Sustainability (January 2011) and as a sponsoring partner of the 2nd Annual Data Summit (July 2012).

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Since 2003, New Leaders has trained more than 100 people through our program. More than 85 percent of all New Leaders who have completed our Aspiring Principals Program remain in education roles in Washington, D.C., demonstrating their commitment to the field and the city.

By serving in a city that is at the center of the education reform movement, as well as our nation’s capital, our leaders enjoy many unique opportunities for participation in policy and other public events. Many of our schools have enjoyed hosting the First Lady, Senators or other dignitaries, and are frequently invited to the White House for events like the Easter Egg Roll and tours of the First Lady’s garden.

Watch a video of D.C. New Leader and EPIC Award-winner Eric Westendorf on the EPIC Knowledge System. This video shows how Eric working with his leadership team at E.L Haynes Public Charter School to develop action plans for struggling teachers.

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In our second decade in Washington, New Leaders remains a primary partner for leadership development to the district and charter school community. We remain committed to our goal of ensuring that all students in Washington, D.C. are provided an excellent and equitable education, preparing them for college, careers and citizenship.

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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