Incoming CEO Nancy Gutiérrez delivers keynote to NJ Principal Network

NYC Leadership Academy Incoming President & CEO Nancy Gutiérrez, Ed.L.D., today delivered the keynote address at the inaugural meeting of the New Jersey Department of Education’s new statewide Principal Learning Network.

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NYC Leadership Academy selects new CEO Nancy Gutiérrez

The NYC Leadership Academy today announced the selection of Dr. Nancy Gutiérrez as its next president and CEO. Dr. Gutiérrez, who currently is Chief Strategy Officer at the Leadership Academy, succeeds Irma Zardoya who has held the position since 2011.

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Zardoya leads National Principals Conference session on inquiry-based change projects

NYC Leadership Academy President & CEO Irma Zardoya will lead a session on the impact of inquiry-based change projects at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)’s National Principals Conference on July 12 in Chicago, IL.

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Statement on U.S. DOE race guidelines’ impact on school integration efforts

The Trump administration’s move to rescind previous guidelines on how school districts can account for race when drawing school district lines or assigning students to schools means young people of color will continue to face harmful inequities in their education and will set back critical recent efforts by districts to desegregate their schools.

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CEO Irma Zardoya to Congress: Educational equity will suffer with ed department merger

I am calling on Congress to deeply examine the impact that the Trump administration’s proposal to merge the U.S. Department of Education with the Department of Labor could have on educational equity, on the ability of every child, regardless of race, culture, ethnicity, gender, language, to have access to the opportunities they need to thrive.

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West Michigan Leadership Academy launches sessions on equity

The NYC Leadership Academy’s West Michigan Leadership Academy held its kick-off sessions last week. Twenty-one school leaders from four school districts across Kent County attended the three-day intensive focusing on equity, leading transformation, and communicating vision.

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How coaching has made us better principal supervisors

For two years, five principal supervisors, or “directors,” in the Ft. Wayne Community Schools in Indiana have been learning how to better support their principals in their efforts to improve their schools.

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Ten research-based steps for giving new principals a strong start

In their first couple of years on the job, new principals often describe feeling “lost,” “overwhelmed,” and “shell-shocked.” Much of that is because they are not prepared for the extremely demanding position.

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NYC Leadership Academy and AASA launch Aspiring Superintendent program

NYC Leadership Academy and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, have teamed up to launch a new professional learning program for educators aspiring to become superintendents. Achieving Equity through Leadership: An Aspiring Superintendents Academy aims to strengthen public school district leadership through a focus on dismantling inequities in schools.

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NYC Leadership Academy calls for full Title II-A funding

NYC Leadership Academy has joined more than 50 education organizations in calling on Congress to fully fund Title II-A in FY19 at its authorized level of $2.295 billion.

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From our CEO: Lessons to learn from each other

It’s the million-dollar question in schools across the country: What are the most effective ways to correct inequities that persist in our schools? The urgency is certainly clear: The latest in a string of research showing stark educational inequities in America’s schools, the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) revealed that wide gaps persist in reading and math proficiency between white students and students of color.

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NYC Leadership Academy leads session on coaching principals to lead teams at AERA; Harvard’s Elizabeth City to serve as discussant

The NYC Leadership Academy will facilitate a symposium on the research and practice behind effectively coaching principals to lead teams at the national American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in New York City on Tuesday, April 17.

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In Education Week, CEO Irma Zardoya calls for funding school leader program

Leadership Academy CEO Irma Zardoya was quoted in a recent Education Week article responding to news that the newly passed federal education budget eliminated the School Leader Recruitment and Support Program (SLRSP), which supports and develops leaders in high-needs schools.

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NYC Leadership Academy CEO Irma Zardoya calls on Congress to expand funding for school leader development

We commend Congress and President Trump for passing a federal education budget that supports students. Great schools need great leaders, and the maintained funding of Title II-A state grants is crucial for providing school leaders with the professional learning they need to improve their schools for each student.

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Des Moines Public Schools selects NYC Leadership Academy to train equity coaches

The Des Moines Public School District has selected the NYC Leadership Academy to build the capacity of school-based equity coaches to support implementation of the district’s equity plan.

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West Michigan Leadership Academy launch featured on MLive.com

NYC Leadership Academy’s launch of the West Michigan Leadership Academy was featured on MLive.

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NYC Leadership Academy launches school leader academy in West Michigan

The NYC Leadership Academy tomorrow will launch the West Michigan Leadership Academy, a program to support and develop school leaders in schools in West Michigan, in partnership with the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation and the Steelcase Foundation.

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Leadership Academy to present on leading for equity at AASA conference

The NYC Leadership Academy will share its research-based educational leadership strategies for leading districts for equity, coaching, and foundational skills for principal supervisors at AASA’s National Conference on Education on Feb. 14 and 15.

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District leaders share what it takes to lead for equity in new film

More and more often, we hear and read about the work of “leading for equity.” But what does that mean? What can that work look like?

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Delivering stronger professional development in Maricopa County, Arizona

Professional learning is both an art and a science that requires those who deliver it to commit to continuous learning and improvement. The staff at Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA) provide training and support to all 58 school districts in Maricopa County, Arizona, indirectly affecting the experiences of thousands of students each year – so it is critical that they have the expertise to make every session with educators count.

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NYC Leadership Academy chosen to lead the Pre-Conference Session at the National Summit for Principal Supervisors

The National Summit for Principal Supervisors has selected the NYC Leadership Academy to facilitate the Pre-Conference Institute at its third annual summit on April 25. Leadership Academy Vice President of District Leadership Support Mary Rice-Boothe and Chief Strategy Officer Nancy Gutiérrez will lead the interactive Pre-Conference professional learning session.

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NYC Leadership Academy 2017 Annual Report

2017 was a year of wins for the Leadership Academy. We expanded our reach to our 32nd state, working in 110 school systems to support nearly 1,000 school and school system leaders whose work in turn reached more than 2 million students.

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Leadership Academy urges Congress to maintain school leadership funds

NYC Leadership Academy has joined dozens of education organizations to urge Congress to maintain funding for the federal School Leader Recruitment and Support Program, the only ...

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Giving Tuesday: Support efforts to have great leaders in every school

Dear Friends of NYC Leadership Academy, With Thanksgiving behind us, we are truly in the holiday season! (Even though retailers would like us to think ...

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Supporting Hillsborough County Public Schools to confront inequities head-on

Hillsborough County Public Schools made a historic move earlier this year by adopting a district-wide racial equity policy that calls for identifying and addressing the ...

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CSO Nancy Gutiérrez writes about learning to lead for racial equity in Kappan

To help K-12 educators confront racial inequities, school and district leaders need to provide sustained, intensive, and carefully designed opportunities for professional learning, Chief Strategy ...

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Teachers learn to see their students and expect more of them

It’s the million-dollar question: What can principals do in their schools to make sure all students, regardless of race, culture, background, are given opportunities to ...

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Nevada Department of Education hires NYC Leadership Academy to develop statewide school leader network

The Nevada Department of Education has selected NYC Leadership Academy to develop and support a new statewide school leadership network of principals from the lowest ...

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Longtime superintendents Ann Clark and Valeria Silva join NYC Leadership Academy staff

Successful former district superintendents Ann Clark and Valeria Silva will bring their expertise and experience to the NYC Leadership Academy as superintendents in residence over ...

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Carnegie Corporation of New York awards $1.3 million to NYC Leadership Academy to leverage technology in school leadership development

The NYC Leadership Academy has been awarded a $1.3 million grant to expand its impact by bringing gold-standard leadership services and tools to school districts ...

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Dr. Michele Shannon returns to NYCLA as National Leadership Facilitator

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Michele Shannon back to NYCLA as a National Leadership Facilitator after years of leadership in some of the nation’s largest ...

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Aspiring principals in Yonkers and Rochester learn to lead in summer intensives

In 2015, the American Express Foundation, in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, awarded NYCLA a $600,000 grant to expand our flagship ...

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Leaders can support undocumented students, writes Nancy Gutiérrez in Ed Week

As schools open their doors in the coming weeks, millions of students whose parents are immigrants, or are immigrants themselves, might be afraid to return to school. ...

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NYCLA staff and clients advocate for Title II Funds in The74 story

Cuts to Title II funds would diminish the pool of strong well-trained school leaders. NYCLA staff and our clients explain what these proposed cuts would ...

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NYC Leadership Academy responds to audit report from NYC Office of the Comptroller

We take great pride from working in New York City to increase student achievement through high-quality school leadership. We always have worked with the NYC ...

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Leadership coaches learn to better support principals through training

School leadership coaching is one of the most powerful tools a system can leverage to improve the practice of its principals. Over the years, the ...

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NYC Leadership Academy leads workshops on equity at inaugural National Principals Conference

Equity and cultural responsiveness are critical domains of the national school leadership standards. Leaders from the NYC Leadership Academy will share their expertise on leading ...

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Dr. Francis Yasharian named AVP of Leadership Coaching

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Francis Yasharian to the role of Associate Vice President of Leadership Coaching for the NYC Leadership ...

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Students speak about the power of their principals in our new film

Our short film, The Power of Leaders, features the voices of nearly a dozen New York City students talking about the impact their principals have had on ...

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