Research/Policy | Profiles In Leadership

Federal policymakers must prioritize leadership as a central strategy in making all schools places where great teachers thrive and students excel.

Each of these four profiles illuminates how federal initiatives can accelerate student success as seen through the experiences of New Leaders alumni successfully leading high-need schools and districts.

Together, they underscore the urgent need to recruit, prepare, and develop effective school leaders. Without that focus, we will leave principals unprepared and unsupported in their primary role of elevating instruction in every classroom, which is a precondition for ensuring that all students receive an outstanding education that prepares them for success in college, careers, and life.

“It’s more important than ever that our nation’s schools be led by individuals who possess the skills and technical prowess to design and adopt school improvement strategies that truly make a difference for kids.”

– Alison Harris Welcher
Testimony before the Senate HELP Committee

OVERVIEW

These four profiles bring to life the work of outstanding New Leaders transforming schools and districts. Each one illustrates how federal policies and programs can advance student success:

SCHOOL LEADER RECRUITMENT AND SUPPORT PROGRAM
Alfonso Carmona, former principal of Robert Healy Elementary School in Chicago, IL, highlights the need for federal investments in the School Leader Recruitment and Support Program (SLRSP) to support cutting-edge, evidence-based strategies to improve principal effectiveness and to support principals and their teams.

ESEA TITLE II, PART A
Michelle Pierre-Farid, the Chief Academic Officer for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, calls out the importance of using ESEA Title II-A funds at the state and local levels to support initiatives that bolster principal effectiveness.

TEACHER AND SCHOOL INCENTIVE GRANTS
Janeece Docal, the former principal of Powell Elementary School in Washington, DC and DC Public Schools’ Principal of the Year for 2014, emphasizes the importance of expanding the Teacher and School Leader Incentive Grants (TSLIG) and other federal programs to focus more on leaders and leadership development.

ESEA TITLE I SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT
Leroy Gaines and Kimi Kean, the current and former principals of Acorn Woodland Elementary School in Oakland, CA, offer lessons about how Title I school improvement funds can better support dramatic and lasting improvement in struggling schools.

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