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.
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.


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.


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


of Emerging Leaders delivered achievement gains across classrooms they supervised, with results realized during the training year


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


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


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


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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How to Recruit Black Principals

The Atlantic celebrates New Leaders for its exemplary record of recruiting and developing outstanding leaders of color, highlighting the success of New Leader principal Macquline King-Morris, head of Chicago’s Courtenay Language Arts Center school.
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