Our mission is to ensure high academic achievement for all children, especially students in poverty and students of color, by developing transformational school leaders and advancing the policies and practices that allow great leaders to succeed.

Where We Work

In 2001, New Leaders launched its flagship Aspiring Principals program with a small cohort of 14 participants. Since then, we’ve prepared nearly 3,200 outstanding education leaders who reach nearly 500,000 students in more than 30 cities nationwide. And our alumni overwhelmingly work with America’s highest-need students: 78 percent of students served are low-income; 87 percent are children of color.

OUR IMPACT

We work hand-in-hand with our partners, delivering solutions that build on their strengths and address their most-pressing priorities. Together, we cultivate diverse and talented educators, providing high-quality leadership training that prepares them to elevate instruction across their schools, accelerate student learning, and build a brighter future for their communities.

RAND

The RAND Corporation recently cited New Leaders as the principal preparation program with the strongest evidence of positive impact

85%

of Emerging Leaders delivered achievement gains of at least five points across classrooms they supervised, with results seen in the training year

64%

of New Leaders alumni are people of color, well above the national average of just 20% for principals and teachers

74%

of New Leader principals remain in their districts for more than three years, compared with just 50% nationally

4 MONTHS

Mathematica found Oakland students in New Leader schools outgained peers by 4 months in math and 1.5 months in reading

14,000

leaders and approximately 7 million students have benefited from our research and policy partnerships with districts and states

Our Executive Team

Featured Press

How to help principals do a better job? Train their bosses

The Hechinger Report examines New Leaders’ approach to training principal supervisors in Oakland Unified School District.
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How Great Leaders Succeed: Lessons from Breakthrough Principals

Education Week interviews New Leaders' co-founder Ben Fenton about our new book, Breakthrough Principals: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Better Schools.
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We need educators who reflect the students they serve

In Education Post, Chief Program Officer Jaime Aquino draws on New Leaders’ experience to make the case that we can strengthen our education workforce by developing talented leaders of color.
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