Program | Leading Instruction

Our Approach

New academic standards have raised the bar for teachers and students. Leading Instruction employs our proven, job-embedded training to address this need. Participants apply what they learn right away in their schools, delivering immediate benefits to students.

Real-World Practice

Leading Instruction emphasizes purposeful learning and practice as participants implement excellent, standards-aligned instruction in their classrooms.

Expert Coaching

Expert coaches support participants during regular observations. Classroom-centered assignments are recorded on video for additional feedback from peers.

Skills For Success

Participants master the practical skills needed for strong instructional leadership, such as setting appropriate learning targets and delivering challenging lessons.

Why Leading Instruction?

All great leaders are great teachers first. Leading Instruction builds fluency in new standards and strengthens participants’ teaching to ensure students meet them.

With support from our expert coaches, participants learn to break down the components of excellent, standards-aligned instruction, developing the instructional expertise needed to foster learning growth in their own classroom and serve as a resource for colleagues throughout their school.

Less than half of teachers receive standards-aligned feedback

A Proven Model

Leading Instruction grew out of our successful Emerging Leaders program, and employs the same job-embedded training model. With ample real-world practice and feedback, Emerging Leaders participants made measurable gains in critical instructional leadership skills.

of Emerging Leaders demonstrated proficiency or grew at least one level in leading data-driven instruction

Building Your Leadership Bench

New Leaders has unmatched experience helping our partners build a robust leadership pipeline. Leading Instruction strengthens the skills of leaders across a range of experience levels, whether they are early-career teachers seeking foundational leadership skills or experienced assistant principals looking to reconnect with the classroom.

of New Leader principals trained since 2001 still work in education, most still in schools

Leader Spotlight

Heather DeFlorio | Queens, NY

Heather DeFlorio joined Emerging Leaders with the goal of improving English instruction at Queens Metropolitan High School. The need was urgent, as most students arrived reading several years behind grade expectations, and standards were rising.

After analyzing ninth-grade data, DeFlorio identified a critical barrier: no students were proficient in supporting a claim with textual evidence. Her team aimed to move 60 percent to mastery, with the rest making meaningful progress. Working with her coach, DeFlorio revamped English teaching to focus on this skill. Every day, students read and discussed challenging texts like Lord of the Flies and Persepolis, followed by a short writing exercise. “Writing improved faster with daily practice and feedback. It was a bite-sized approach to the standard,” says DeFlorio.

By evaluating daily assignments and adapting instruction as needed, DeFlorio’s team led 90 percent of students to proficiency by year’s end, putting them on a path to graduation and lifelong success.


New Leaders taught me how to dive into instruction, using data to understand what students are missing and what strategies teachers should adopt to address those gaps.”

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