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Well-Prepared Teacher Leaders Can Help Schools Meet the Challenge of Rising Standards, but Training for Most Remains Inadequate

By New Leaders
July 22, 2015

Across the country schools are striving—and sometimes struggling—to meet the challenge of higher academic standards and in response, many districts have created teacher leader roles.

Unfortunately, few are providing these educators with the skills they need to transition from teaching students to successfully leading adults: A survey by the Council for Great City Schools found that while 86 percent of districts have created teacher leader roles, only 32 percent provide specialized training for educators taking on leadership responsibilities.

A new report from New Leaders, Untapped: Transforming Teacher Leadership to Help Students Succeed, suggests a better way. The paper shares promising findings drawn from the organization’s Emerging Leaders Program, which provides job-embedded coaching and training to develop teachers into true instructional leaders. An evaluation of the program demonstrated that quality training can quickly prepare teachers to bolster instruction across multiple classrooms, benefitting students even during the training year.


President Obama: Prioritize Leadership

By New Leaders
July 17, 2015

Today New Leaders submitted a letter to the White House and U.S. Department of Education regarding the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request. We believe the budget process is an opportunity for the Administration to reinforce its commitment to improving student outcomes through meaningful investments in the programs that enable and empower great principals to create schools where teachers can thrive and students can excel.

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Statement on Senate Passage of the Every Child Achieves Act

By New Leaders
July 16, 2015

As a national nonprofit that has trained nearly 2000 principals and teacher leaders who are building vibrant schools and elevating student achievement and graduation rates in high-need schools across the country, New Leaders believes the development and support of effective school leaders is an essential part of the ongoing effort to create positive school environments and improve student outcomes. We are pleased that the Senate-passed Every Child Achieves Act includes college- and career-ready expectations for all students, maintains transparent and disaggregated student assessment data, and includes language that reflects the importance of principals and other school leaders.


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