New Leaders

At a Glance

National Office: 
30 W. 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 646-792-1070

Jean Desravines
People Served: 
350,000
Year Founded: 
2000

Focus area(s):

Teacher & Principal Training
K-12 Reform

Description

New Leaders is a national nonprofit that develops transformational school leaders and designs effective leadership policies and practices for school systems across the country.

Through our leadership programs, New Leaders develops talented educators into transformational school leaders who create a vision of success for all students and engage the whole staff and community in realizing this vision.  Through our leadership services, we also collaborate with districts, charter management organizations and states to foster the conditions that enable highly effective school leaders to drive results for students.

Over the past decade, New Leaders has trained almost 800 educators who are serving more than a quarter million students every day. Students in schools led by New Leader Principals consistently achieve at higher levels than their peers, have higher graduation rates and are making progress in closing the achievement gap.

Impact and Outcomes

Across the country, students in K-8 schools led by New Leader Principals consistently achieve at significantly higher levels than their peers.
New Leaders are turning around the urban “dropout factories,” helping students stay in high school and graduate at higher levels than at other schools.
Every year New Leader Principals are some of the highest-gaining schools in the partner cities.

Matching Gift

New Leaders has been designated for a US Department of Education Invest in Innovation (i3) Award, which requires them to raise $150,000 to receive the 9:1 match in federal dollars.

Mission & Goals

Mission

New Leaders 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.

Vision

We envision a day when there is educational excellence and equity in America – when our country’s public schools ensure that every student is prepared for success in college, careers and citizenship.

New Leaders has the following Core Beliefs:

  1. Every student can achieve at high levels.
  2. All adults must take personal responsibility for student learning and achievement.
  3. Great schools are led by great leaders.
  4. With access to outstanding public education, all students can unlock their fullest potential in the classroom and in life.
  5. Delivering high-quality public education to all students is critical to a just society.

Program

The Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program expands the adult leadership skills of talented teachers and administrators, providing them with tools to improve instruction and raise student achievement across their schools. At the culmination of the program, the program helps all candidates gauge where they are on the principal preparation pathway. As part of this process, feedback is provided on their readiness to begin the New Leaders Aspiring Principals Program. While many will go on to join the Aspiring Principals Program, those who do not will have strengthened their skills in adult leadership and raising student achievement across a school.

The Aspiring Principals Program

The best-in-class Aspiring Principals Program continues to include both a strong academic foundation and a year-long residency experience in a high-need school. The Aspiring Principals Program combines rigorous coursework with significant hands-on experience in the form of a full-time, paid residency. Supported by a mentor principal and a leadership coach, Residents serve on school leadership teams and are directly responsible for raising student achievement by leading teachers and advancing school-wide goals.

Principal Institute

After completing the Aspiring Principals Program, first-year principals (and second-year secondary principals) join the Principal Institute, a professional learning community that provides substantial professional development and support in the crucial early years on the job. Throughout the year, participants learn from their local network of New Leader Principals, refine their leadership skills and work together to drive student achievement gains.

After Principal Institute, New Leader Principals join a national network of almost 800 New Leaders across the country and have access to a wide range of resources and support.

Impact

An Independent, External Evaluation

The RAND Corporation is conducting a longitudinal evaluation of New Leaders' work. The multi-year study involves annual student achievement analysis, principal surveys, case studies and analysis of district-level factors that could provide leading indicators of success. The study supports New Leaders continuous improvement by providing confidential internal interim reports regarding program implementation and effectiveness.

Highlights of from preliminary findings include:

  • Students in New Leader schools achieve at significantly higher levels than their peers specifically because they have a New Leader Principal. Using a type of research that removes the influence of all other factors, RAND has found this “New Leader effect” for five years in a row.
  • New Leader Principals tend to make the most dramatic gains with the lowest performing schools, catapulting them to new levels of performance.
  • The more years a student spends in a New Leader school, the more likely it is for him or her to make significant achievement gains.

Growth Plan

New Leaders plans to expand its scale from 800 New Leaders impacting 250,000 students over the past ten years to 2,000 New Leaders impacting 500,000 students by 2015 – and to do so in a cost-effective way. 

New Leaders is currently undertaking two key changes:

  • First, it has expanded the scope of its work to include programming along an expanded leadership development continuum that begins with early identification and support of promising leaders through the Emerging Leaders program and concludes with targeted support to New Leader Principals during their critical first years as school leaders through the Principal Institute.
  • Second, it launched a division within New Leaders that will work with a sub-set of districts and states to develop the policies, practices and conditions that enable transformative leaders to thrive – expanding the scope of our work to drive broader systemic change.

 

New Leaders is committed to establishing a solid financial foundation by aligning its expenses to its revenue and creating a more financially sustainable program model. New Leaders has critically addressed the expense side of its operating model by strategically and fundamentally changing the way it identifies and develops talent. Moreover, by tailoring its revised program model to districts’ school leadership needs, New Leaders can run leaner and more efficiently – creating a lower-cost, more sustainable program.

Location of Sites

National Office: 
30 W. 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 646-792-1070
List of locations

To make a contribution to a program site:

  1. Click on the "Make a Contribution Now" button and include the name, city and state of the program you would like to support, in the "notes" text box on the organization's donation form, if available.
  2. If a "notes" or "designation" box is not available, write the city and state on your check in the "notes" section or call the national office to designate your contribution to a local program site.

Locations in the following states:

California

District Of Columbia

Illinois

Louisiana

Maryland

North Carolina

New York

Tennessee

Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2014

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$1,791,601
Foundation Grants: 
$16,613,290
Government Funding: 
$6,434,934
Contributions from Individuals: 
$4,286,004
Special Events: 
$5,000
Program Services Fees: 
$5,592,831
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$0
Other Revenue: 
$720,350
Total Revenue: 
$35,444,010

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$22,148,873
Occupancy: 
$1,268,815
Travel & Entertainment: 
$1,815,950
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$379,772
Telephone & Communications: 
$1,207,466
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$966,860
Other Expenses (Description): 

Consultants, university fees, equipment and materials, marketing and advertising, dues and subscriptions, depreciation, awards and stipends.

Other Expenses (Description): 

Other Expenses (Description): 

Total Expenses: 
$27,787,736

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$7,656,274

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2012

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$4,190,497
Foundation Grants: 
$11,104,207
Government Funding: 
$9,711,602
Contributions from Individuals: 
$1,090,042
Program Services Fees: 
$3,603,809
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$0
Other Revenue: 
$3,400,388
Other Revenue (Description): 
Net Assets released from restriction (last FY): 14,500,000.
Special Events: 
$36,078
Total Revenue: 
$33,136,623

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$23,199,786
Occupancy: 
$1,521,074
Travel & Entertainment: 
$1,537,627
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$385,812
Telephone & Communication: 
$748,122
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$2,622,531
Other Expenses (Description): 

Consultants, university fees, equipment and materials, marketing and advertising, dues and subscriptions, depreciation, awards and stipends.

Total Expenses: 
$30,014,952

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$3,121,671

Major Funders

$1,000,000+

Noyce Foundation

Pearson Foundation

 

$500,000-$999,999

The Broad Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Hyde Family Foundations

 

$250,000-$499,999

The Boeing Company

Domenic & Molly Ferrante

Foundation for Newark’s Future

McCormick Foundation

MetLife Foundation

NewSchools Venture Fund

SalesForce Foundation (In-Kind)

Wells Fargo

 

$100,000-$249,999

The Abell Foundation

The Booth Ferris Foundation

The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

The Louis Calder Foundation

The Charina Endowment Fund

Crown Family Philanthropies

DC Public Education Fund

Sidney E. Frank Foundation

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Red Door Interactive (In-Kind)

Rogers Family Foundation

Tiger Foundation

 

$50,000-$99,999

Capital One

The Belk Foundation

Peter Bennett

The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation

The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation

Cornerstone OnDemand (In-Kind)

Fund for Public Schools

The Walter and Elise Haas Fund

Lockhart Vaughan Foundation

MCJ Amelior Foundation

Polk Bros Foundation

T. Rowe Price Foundation, Inc.

Quest Foundation

Shippy Foundation

The W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation

 

$10,000-$49,999

Citi Financial

The Frances L. & Edwin L. Cummings Memorial Fund

The Mary A. Crocker Trust

Susan & Thomas Dunn

Flamboyan Foundation

Goldsmith Family Foundation

Charles M. and Mary D. Grant Foundation

Reginald F. Lewis Foundation

Thomas J. Long Foundation

The J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation

Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

Melanie & Lawrence Nussdorf

William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation

Patrick F. Taylor Foundation

Craig Powell

Reuben Mark

RGK Foundation

The Saint Paul Foundation

The Irene S. Scully Family Foundation

Naomi Seligman

Barbara K. Shapiro

The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation

Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois

The Alvin and Fanny B. Thalheimer Foundation

Victoria Foundation

The World Bank Foundation

 

$5,000-$9,999

Peter & Randy Aberg

The Almar Foundation

Blue Foundation

R.R. Donnelley Foundation

Dudley & Michael DelBalso

HSBC

McGraw Foundation

Philip Lord

Pitney Bowes Literacy and Education Fund, Inc.

Josh Schwartz