New Leaders

Great leaders = Great schools


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Leadership is critical to transforming a school and raising student achievement. It's the adults who make the biggest difference to a school's success.

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"Being afforded this [New Leader] network pushes me to continue to learn, grow, and improve, and this has shaped me as a leader." David Kovach, Cohort 5, Chicago


Founded in 2000 by a team of social entrepreneurs, New Leaders is a national nonprofit that develops transformational school leaders and designs effective leadership policies and practices for school systems across the country.

Research shows – and our experience confirms – that strong school leaders have a powerful multiplier effect, dramatically improving the quality of teaching and raising student achievement in a school.

In our first decade, we trained almost 800 leaders, impacting nearly a quarter million students in high-need schools across the country.  Students in New Leader schools consistently achieve at higher levels than their peers, have higher high school graduation rates and are making progress in closing the achievement gap.

As we enter our second decade, we are broadening our work in order to reach more students with greater impact. Beyond training new principals, we are now developing transformative leaders throughout schools and school systems – from teacher leaders and assistant principals to veteran principals and district managers.  We are also working with school systems to build the kinds of policies and practices that allow strong leaders to succeed in driving academic excellence for students.


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.


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.