Across the United States a small number of public schools serving low-income children are making dramatic academic achievement gains. Little research has been done comparing school level practices in those schools to schools making incremental gains, and none have looked at the implications of those findings for the redefinition of the role of the urban school principal in the United States.
New Leaders for New Schools has been examining these issues in order to drive academic achievement in schools led by its principals and to share early learnings with interested policymakers and practitioners. New Leaders has selected and trained 440 urban school leaders serving 200,000 children in nine cities and is on track to provide 25 percent of the new principals needed for low-income urban public schools in the United States by 2014.
Please join the Center for American Progress for the release of a New Leaders report, special briefing, and panel discussion on what is being learned about patterns in low-income, urban public schools making dramatic gains in student achievement and implications for the responsibilities and role definition of the urban school principal. This event and report will offer preliminary findings and case studies on these topics and preview additional research that will take place in the months and years ahead.
The Honorable George Miller, Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee
Cynthia G. Brown, Director of Education Policy at Center for American Progress
Presentation of Findings and Discussion Moderated by:
Jon Schnur, CEO and Co-Founder, New Leaders for New Schools
Byron G. Auguste, Managing Director, Social Sector, McKinsey & Company, Inc. and Chairman of Hope Street Group
Michelle Pierre-Farid, Principal of Friendship Southeast Academy and former Principal of Tyler Elementary School, the most-improved public school in Washington D.C. last year
Doug Mesecar, Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education