Creating a Turnaround Leadership Academy in Massachusetts

Creating a Turnaround Leadership Academy in Massachusetts

Teachers21, a non-profit organization in Massachusetts, is known for its professional development, public policy work, and educational research. In 2011, they identified a statewide need for a program that could develop and prepare a pipeline of outstanding school leaders to address the needs of the most challenging schools across the state. 

With Race to the Top funding, Teachers21 and NYC Leadership Academy partnered to build the Turnaround Leadership Academy, an intensive program designed to attract, develop, graduate, place, and support an elite cohort of school leaders each year who are committed to closing the achievement gap and transforming low-performing schools.

Leveraging our proven Aspiring Principals Program model and expertise in designing experiential, standards-based training, NYC Leadership Academy worked side-by-side with Teachers21 to design a robust program that meets the needs of local districts with failing schools. The program, which launched in the summer of 2012, includes two tracks – one for experienced principals, with a two-week summer intensive and coaching support, and one for aspiring principals, with a four-week summer intensive, a school-based residency experience, and coaching.