New Leaders Announces Partnership With Bank Street Graduate School of Education to Expand Access of National Aspiring Principal Fellowship to New York

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The national nonprofit will provide a career pathway towards developing equity focused aspiring principals.


May 17, 2023

NEW YORK, NY – Today, New Leaders announced a new partnership with Bank Street Graduate School of Education, a recognized leader in teacher and leader preparation, to expand their National Aspiring Principals Fellowship across New York state. As an online principal certification and master’s degree program, the Fellowship creates a clear pathway for full-time teachers of color to move into school leadership. 

Research shows that a strong school leader accounts for about 25% of a school’s impact on student learning and that school and student outcomes for teachers and children of color are stronger when a principal of color is at the helm. The first Bank Street Fellowship cohort, launching in September 2023, will prepare equity-focused educators for success in the school principal role. By combining the convenience of online coursework with fieldwork experiences and personalized coaching, the Fellowship program will help aspiring school leaders connect theory with practice in order to become well-prepared school principals. 

“Our schools are at a crucial moment where we must begin to create stronger talent pipelines of equity-minded leaders who can remove barriers to student success,” said Jean Desravines, CEO of New Leaders. “Our Fellowship serves as a pathway to equip future leaders with the background experiences and opportunities that will help them address the needs of all students they serve.”

Renowned for its approach to teaching and learning, Bank Street pedagogy combines the study of human development, learning theory, and leadership practices alongside sustained clinical practice to produce well-prepared leaders who are ready to provide students with the learning opportunities best suited for their growth. 

“At Bank Street, we view school leaders as facilitators of learning. We are pleased to partner with New Leaders to help prepare thoughtful principals who understand how to create the responsive learning environments that help teachers and students thrive,” said Shael Polakow-Suransky, president, Bank Street College of Education. 

Learn more about the National Aspiring Principals Fellowship at Bank Street here. The principal certification program and the master's degree program are approved by New York State Education Department. 


About New Leaders

New Leaders is redefining how schools are led. New Leaders builds the capacity of equity-minded school leaders who are committed to the success of every child. Our leaders remove barriers to success for underestimated and underserved students, supporting students in fully realizing their futures as the next generation of great thinkers, innovators, and leaders for our society. In 20 years, we have trained more than 8,000 equity-focused leaders—sixty percent of whom identify as leaders of color. Our leaders impact more than two million students in our K-12 school system annually and serve as powerful and positive forces for change in their communities.

About Bank Street College of Education

Bank Street Graduate School of Education is a recognized leader in teacher and leader preparation and the development of innovative practice in schools, childcare settings, and learning communities. By combining the study of human development, pedagogical learning theory, and sustained clinical practice, our approach to teaching and learning produces thoughtful, well-prepared educators ready to create nurturing opportunities for the ongoing social, emotional, and cognitive development of all students. Learn more about Bank Street Graduate School of Education at