Reshaping Educational Leadership for the Future

A series of papers on closing the representation gap

Now is the time for us to rebuild strong pipelines and diversify educational leadership at every level.

Research confirms that all students, including students of color and their white peers, benefit from seeing diverse teachers and school leaders working together to replace inequitable practices with school cultures anchored in respect, high expectations, and meaningful relationships. This kind of leadership also creates the kind of conditions in which high-quality teachers want to stay. Yet, the diversity among our nation’s public school students far outpaces the diversity in the teachers, principals, and superintendents serving in our nation’s schools. This is known as a representation gap.

Explore how to close the representation gap at every level of leadership: from teachers to superintendents. A quality K-12 education can, and should, be accessible to all children in the US. 

Executive Summary Paper (175 × 228 px)

The face of education leadership is changing, but not fast enough.   Learn more >>

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Be the change you want to see

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Equity-Focused Leadership Paper (175 × 228 px)

Lead the change you want to see 

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Create the change you want to see

RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 2022

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Closing the Representation Gap: A Series of Papers on Reshaping Education Leadership for the Future (July 2022)

Executive Summary

The face of education leadership is changing, but not fast enough. Representation—the ability to see yourself reflected in the leaders around you—is invaluable when half of all K-12 public school students identify as people of color. By diversifying our teacher and school leader pipelines, we empower more students to realize their futures as the next generation of leaders.

Lead From the Seat You’re In: How Teachers of Color Can Step Into Leadership (July 2022)

First in the series, for teacher leaders

It’s time to abandon the idea that educational leadership is the job of the few at the top. As schools face increasingly more complex challenges, there has never been a more critical time for teachers of color to amplify their impact on students, elevate diverse voices and teacher perspectives, and create lasting solutions by stepping into more leadership. Here’s how you can begin. 

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Equity-Focused Leadership: How School Leaders Can Accelerate Student Learning (and Keep Great Teachers) (August 2022)

Second in a series, for school leaders

Research shows that all students benefit from seeing diverse teachers and school leaders working together to replace inequitable practices with school cultures anchored in respect, high expectations, and meaningful relationships. This kind of leadership also creates the conditions in which high-quality teachers want to stay. Here are five proven equity-focused leadership actions that you can start implementing in your school today.

 

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