John R. Jenkins is an educational leader who believes every school can improve its capacity to teach all students if there is a competent, transformational leader at the helm. The past 30 years of his career have been devoted to developing and sharing his passion for urban education as a teacher, facilitator, and administrator in New York Public Schools. Before joining New Leaders, he served as National Vice President of Programs at School Leaders Network where he led a national team to develop strong learning communities for aspiring and experienced leaders. Dr. Jenkins also served as the Instructional Program Manager for the Diploma Plus New York City Network of schools where he provided coaching and support to principals and school leadership teams in implementing the Diploma Plus instructional model.
Dr. Jenkins is a certified Diversity Practitioner and has traveled internationally facilitating diversity, social justice, and anti-oppression work with National Training Laboratory’s Diversity Leadership Certification Program. His work is rooted in exploring the impact of power, privilege, and oppression on urban education centers and the students and communities they serve. He also supports school leaders in looking at schools as dynamic organizations and utilizes theory and practice from the organizational development field to support group and system interventions and individual coaching towards school improvement. Dr. Jenkins has also served on the faculty of Mercy College’s New Teacher Residency Program and NYU’s Administration, Supervision, and Leadership Program of the Steinhardt School Education.
Dr. Jenkins was a founding board member of International Leadership Charter High School, one of the highest performing charter high schools in New York State. He is also a member of the Alumni Board of Directors of the University at Albany. Dr. Jenkins earned an Ed.D. in Education Administration from New York University.