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ERIC Number: EJ763257
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
The Waiting Game
Russo, Alexander
Education Next, v4 n3 p46-51 Sum 2004
New Leaders for New Schools is the brainchild of a group of graduates from Harvard's business and education schools, including CEO Jonathan Schnur, a former Clinton administration official. New Leaders was designed to supply new blood to cities that were reportedly facing shortages of qualified principals ready to turn around dysfunctional schools. The idea is to recruit accomplished individuals from both the private and public sectors, including public education, and provide them with the leadership training necessary to take on significant school management roles. New Leaders fellows would also receive the kind of leadership and management training that principals hired through traditional routes seldom enjoy. New Leaders fellows have had a hard time breaking into traditional public schools, especially if they lack contacts or extensive experience in education, because school district administrators and teachers tend to believe that the principal is also the instructional leader and should therefore have significant classroom experience. However, New Leaders already seems to be making an impact, both directly and indirectly. Evidence from the 2002-03 school year, while minimal, suggests that schools with New Leaders fellows at the helm outperformed other schools with first-year principals in reading and math improvements and in reduced percentages of failing students. Nevertheless, New Leaders will need to find more success in placing its graduates if it is to remain a viable model for improving the management of regular public schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; District of Columbia; Illinois; New York