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New Leaders for New Schools - NOLA

  1. 1. New Leaders for New Schools Information Session Begin Show
  2. 2. To ensure high academic achievement for every student by attracting and preparing outstanding leaders and supporting the performance of the urban public schools they lead at scale. Our Mission Our Mission Next slide
  3. 3. What We Know There is a pressing need for great leadership within our nation’s urban public schools. By the end of fourth grade, African American, Latino, and low-income students of all races are two years behind their wealthier, predominantly white peers in reading and math. 5-year-olds from low-income communities have one-fourth the vocabulary of their mid-income peers. Consider the following statistics: Nearly 50% of all public school students of color do not graduate from high school. In one poll, 69% of students who dropped out of high school did so because they were not motivated or inspired to learn. What We Know Next slide
  4. 4. What We Believe What We Believe New Leaders for New Schools holds five core beliefs and values: Every student can achieve academically at high levels. All adults must take personal responsibility for student learning and achievement. Great schools are led by great principals. With access to outstanding public education, all students can unlock their fullest potential in the classroom and in life. Delivering high-quality public education to all students is critical to a just society. "What I'm most proud of… … is being part of a school in which 100% of our students were accepted to four-year colleges.” Paul Bambrick-Santoyo New Leaders Principal North Star Academies Network Next slide
  5. 5. What Concerns Us Many of our nation’s urban public schools fail to provide every student with great leadership. What Concerns Us Across the country, a small number of classrooms and schools are demonstrating high academic achievement for every student.  Our society’s greatest challenge is that this kind of success is not being accomplished at scale, especially in high need schools. Drawing upon the strength of our mission, the drive, energy, and expertise of our national staff and school leaders, and the momentum we have gained since our inception, New Leaders for New Schools is well-positioned to address this challenge. Next slide
  6. 6. <ul><li>In 2005, New Orleans Public Schools (NOPS) ranked 67 th out of 68 districts in Louisiana for student performance. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2004, 1/3 of students attended private/parochial schools, so public school student demographics did not reflect the city as a whole – concentrated, racialized poverty: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Although the city was 65% African American in 2005, 94% of NOPS students were African American </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Although the city had 40% of children living below the poverty line in 2005, 77% of NOPS students qualified for Federal Free and Reduced Lunch </li></ul></ul><ul><li>63% of NOPS schools deemed “academically unacceptable” compared to 8% of public schools in Louisiana during the 2004-2005 school year. </li></ul><ul><li>NOPS had a high school graduation rate of 56% in 2004-2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Valedictorian of local high school failed exit exam 6 times </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of leadership: 8 superintendents in 7 years (1998-2005), more than 3 times the national average for urban superintendent tenure </li></ul><ul><li>Financial mismanagement: debt burden of $265 million & annual expenditures exceeded revenues led to state bringing in outside professional services firm to manage </li></ul><ul><li>- FBI opened office within NOPS central office to investigate corruption </li></ul><ul><li>Something Needed to Happen </li></ul>What Concerns Us in New Orleans
  7. 7. What Concerns Us in New Orleans
  8. 8. <ul><li>Two distinct governing authorities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Each governing authority can directly operate or charter a school </li></ul><ul><li>- Currently, there are 88 public schools in New Orleans: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- 46 charters: 34 are RSD-operated, 12 are OPSB-operated, and 2 are BESE-operated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More than 50% of students attend charter schools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>- Mind Shift: not a school system, but a system of schools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- No longer a “top-down” model; no centralized decision making </li></ul></ul>What Happened as a Result of the Storm
  9. 9. Orleans Parish School Board Superintendent: Darryl Kilbert 19 schools Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) & Louisiana Department of Education State Superintendent: Paul Pastorek 7 OPSB-run schools* 12 OPSB charters Recovery School District Superintendent: Paul Vallas 67 schools 33 RSD-run schools 34 RSD charters BESE Charters 2 schools 2 BESE charters GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE Total: 88 schools Updated 9/8/08 *Includes two centers for incarcerated youth: the Youth Study Center and Alternative Learning Institute.
  10. 10. <ul><li>This is an incredible opportunity to show the world that we can close the achievement gap that exists between students in low income communities and their more affluent peers. The time is definitely now. All eyes are on New Orleans and this opportunity will not last forever. </li></ul>An Unprecedented Opportunity
  11. 11. Through strong leadership, urban public schools can offer every student the opportunity to achieve at high levels. What Is Possible What Is Possible Our Vision Our vision is that by 2020, in at least ten cities, every student will be on track to graduate from high school ready for success in college, careers, and citizenship. In schools across the nation, our leaders are cultivating new possibilities for student learning and achievement, school culture, and social equity. We recruit, select and train leaders with the motivation to spark a life-long love of learning in our nation’s urban youth. Next slide
  12. 12. New Leaders for New Schools selects and trains passionate and results-focused individuals, who are either current or former educators, to become urban public school principals. What We Do What We Do In 2001, we trained and supported 13 aspiring principals in Chicago and New York City. In just eight years, the program has grown to train and support a total of 567 school leaders across nine cities. We are also a movement to transform urban public schools nationally. New York City Memphis New Orleans California's Bay Area Washington, D.C Baltimore Prince George's County Chicago Milwaukee Charlotte (2009) Next slide
  13. 13. Who We Are Our competency-based selection process ensures that New Leaders come from a wide range of pathways and experiences. Who We Are Our community is very diverse… One-third of New Leaders are men, and two-thirds are women. New Leaders range in age from 26 to 60. Two-thirds are people of color. New Leaders have experience in district, alternative and charter schools, universities, companies, non-profit organizations and foundations. Next slide
  14. 14. Who We Are - New Orleans Cohort 8
  15. 15. Who We Are Next slide Proportions of Grade Levels Served by New Leaders Estimated from grades found in New Leaders-led schools Proportions of New Leaders Serving District and Charter Schools Proportions of New Leaders Serving Start-Up and Existing Schools New Leaders Principals form a dedicated national community of educators who serve in a variety of school settings.
  16. 16. We are committed to using data to drive organizational learning, assess programmatic impact, and as a source of accountability in working toward our goals and mission. Our Results Our Results In the past two years, the most improved or highest performing schools in five cities - and in two cases, states - have been led by New Leaders principals. Students in schools led by New Leaders principals for at least three years are making academic achievement gains faster than comparable students by statistically significant margins. Graduation rates in New Leaders’ high schools are statistically significantly higher than district graduation rates, according to independent evaluators. Next slide
  17. 17. II. Residency Year Full-time paid position III. Ongoing Support and Community Locally and nationally I. Foundational Program Summer Foundations and week-long seminars during Residency year Our comprehensive program can be broken down into three segments. Our Program Our Program I. Summer Foundations Rigorous five-week training institute with New Leaders Residents from across the nation. Taught by outstanding educators and national education and business leaders. Focus on developing instructional and organizational leadership skills. II. Residency Year Year-long, full-time, paid residency in an urban public school, working alongside a mentor principal. Direct responsibility for raising student achievement and leading teachers as a full member of the school leadership team. Support from a veteran mentor principal on the New Leaders staff. Ongoing, intensive academic studies that further develop leadership skills. III. Support and Community Job search assistance to identify and secure school leadership positions. Ongoing support from New Leaders staff and the broader New Leaders community. Life-long membership within the New Leaders Community. Continual feedback, coaching and exchange of effective practices from a national network of educational leaders. Next slide
  18. 18. Benefits The benefits available to New Leaders are designed to support individual needs, growth and development while uniting members of the New Leaders Community. Benefits <ul><li>Rigorous coursework taught by national experts </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly professional development and peer support </li></ul><ul><li>Professional salary with full benefits during the residency </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing coaching and support once on the job as principal </li></ul><ul><li>Training at no cost to participants – room, board, and coursework are provided </li></ul><ul><li>A national community of like-minded peers focused on delivering results for all students </li></ul><ul><li>Access to tools and resources to support school and student </li></ul><ul><li>achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to obtain Louisiana State Principal Certification </li></ul>&quot;Individualized goal setting and multi-year coaching attracted me to New Leaders for New Schools. As a school leader, I hold myself to high standards. New Leaders for New Schools is just as rigorous, with multiple layers of support built in.” Kimi Kean New Leaders Principal ACORN Woodland Elementary School Our comprehensive program includes: In return for these benefits, New Leaders commit to serving at least five to six years as principals In the cities in which they work. Next slide
  19. 19. Questions… Next slide
  20. 20. Admissions There are four steps to our admissions process. Admissions I. Eligibility Verification & Online Application II. First Round Interview III. Finalist Selection Day IV. Reference Checks I. Eligibility Verification & Online Application Eligibility verification must be completed by all applicants at least 48 hours before either the priority or final deadline. Candidates will receive a user license to complete the application via email once they have completed the eligibility verification stage. Candidates must complete the online application by one of our two application deadlines – the priority deadline, which takes place in the fall, and the final deadline, which is in late February or early March. II. First Round Interview Applicants invited to participate in a first round interview will be given the opportunity to analyze a case scenario, share their experiences and thoughtfully discuss their interest in becoming an urban public school principal. III. Finalist Selection Day Finalist Selection Day is designed to simulate a day in the life of principal. This full day of interviews may include a written assignment, one-on-one interviews, case studies and role plays. IV. Reference Checks For those applicants who are selected to advance beyond Finalist Selection Day, a member of our team will perform reference checks. “ Once I began my application with New Leaders, I was immediately impressed by the thoughtfulness and thoroughness of their admissions process. I knew that my interests and experience were valued because of my interaction with professional and personable team members who were there to support me and maximize my success.” Rod Bowen New Leaders Principal The Dreamyard Preparatory School Next slide
  21. 21. Common Questions An extensive list of frequently asked questions is available on our website. Included here are some key highlights. Program Eligibility While all applicants must meet our rigorous Selection Criteria, there are minimum application requirements that vary by program city.  In New Orleans, all applicants must possess a minimum of 3-years of instructional expertise in a K-12 setting including. To become certified as a school principal in Louisiana, candidates must possess a Type II or Level B teaching certificate or a comparable out-of-state teaching certificate. In New Orleans, you do not need to be certified as a principal to lead a charter school. Our New Leaders have between two and twenty-five years of classroom experience with an average of seven years.  What is the minimum number of years of teaching experience required to apply? Next slide
  22. 22. Selection Criteria Our selection process is evidence-based. There are ten selection criteria which serve as the basis for all admissions decisions. Selection Criteria The ten Selection Criteria summarize the characteristics shared by every New Leaders principal. <ul><li>Belief and Urgency that All Students will Excel Academically </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Responsibility and Relentless Drive </li></ul><ul><li>Results Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of Teaching and Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Problem Solving </li></ul><ul><li>Project Management to Deliver Results </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Communication and Listening </li></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Awareness and Commitment to Ongoing Learning </li></ul>Next slide
  23. 23. We offer a number of resources designed to help maximize a candidate’s success before beginning an online application. Maximizing Success Maximizing Success In-person information sessions, scheduled regularly in each of our program sites. These thoughtful sessions offer first-hand insight into the New Leaders admissions process and program. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the New Leaders experience from New Leaders for New Schools' staff members as well as current New Leaders Residents and Principals. *ONLINE REGISTRATION REQUIRED* A sample online application and application tips, available on our website. These documents serve as invaluable tools as they will prepare you for what to expect when beginning an actual application. The New Leaders for New Schools online media center. Explore a wide range of vides that provide dynamic, in-depth information about the New Leaders experience. Next slide
  24. 24. The final deadline is the last possible date for you to submit your online application. Candidates who submit their application by the final deadline will receive notification of our admission decisions in early to mid-May . FEBRUARY 17, 2009 Next slide Application Deadline FINAL DEADLINE
  25. 25. For more information, please contact: Lauren Rachal, Recruitment & Admissions Manager [email_address] 504.274.3672 Thank you for attending, and please remember to turn in your contact card! Contact Information
  26. 26. To Learn More… Thank you for your interest in New Leaders for New Schools. End Show With A Strong Community Of Leaders… High academic achievement for every student is possible. Visit us online at
  27. 27. Common Questions No, you cannot reapply in the same academic year.  However, you are welcome to apply again in following years.  During that time, we encourage you to reflect on our Selection Criteria and seek opportunities for professional development in areas of the Selection Criteria that you may not have demonstrated during the process. If I apply for the priority deadline and am denied, can I reapply at the final deadline? Next slide
  28. 28. Common Questions Upon completion of the residency year and city-specific requirements, most New Leaders receive formal certification and licensure as administrators in their respective states. Each program site either has a university partner that recognizes the New Leaders for New Schools coursework that leads to administrative certification, or has been formally approved by the city and state as a certifying program. In all cases, we have mapped our curriculum to state standards and as long as you successfully complete the requirements of the New Leaders for New Schools residency, coursework, and weekly seminars, you will receive certification. Some program sites require that you pass additional state and/or district assessments during or at the end of your residency to obtain certification.  Team members at our local program offices are available to provide more detailed information. Will I have my administrative certification after my residency? Next slide
  29. 29. Common Questions Foundations is an intense and inspiring learning experience with classes beginning early and work often stretching into the evening. Residents attend sessions with faculty from 8AM until approximately 4PM. Sessions may include discussions, small group work, lectures and presentations. On some afternoons, Residents participate in case-study groups, peer-led presentations, optional discussion sessions, and/or book talks. Evenings may be devoted to reading, assignments, special presenters and/or preparation for class. Some afternoons, evenings, and weekends are free of any scheduled activities so Residents can take breaks and leverage opportunities to connect with one another. What does a typical day at Summer Foundations look like? Next slide