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Meet the Nonprofit Disrupting the Multibillion-A-Year Teacher Professional Development Industry  | Forbes

(March 2019) School districts spend billions of dollars a year on professional development that most research has found helps neither teachers nor students. Leading Educators wants to change that.


Taking Coherence Across the Chasm  | Redstone

(August 2019) School systems have been striving for coherent change efforts that get results for many decades. Learn how districts like Tulsa Public Schools are making it happen with the support of Leading Educators.


The Path to Instructional Excellent and Equitable Outcomes | Learning Forward

(July 2019) D.C.’s LEAP program helps teachers become experts at teaching high-quality, standards-aligned content so that every student experiences rigorous and engaging instruction every day. The Path to Instructional Excellence and Equitable Outcomes explores District of Columbia Public Schools’ innovative approach to supporting teaching instruction, called Learning Together to Advance our Practice, or LEAP.

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Detroit district high schoolers will start school using a new curriculum aligned with state standards | Chalkbeat

(08/30/2019) High school students in the Detroit district — for the first time in more than a decade — will start the school year with a new curriculum this fall. Leading Educators is providing aligned professional learning to support teachers.

Put Learning in High Gear  | The Learning Professional

(June 2019) Chong-Hao Fu explains that just as doctors aren’t expected to invent a new procedure to do open heart surgery, teachers shouldn’t have to design lessons from scratch. Instead, they can apply professional judgment to differentiate instruction, drawing from evidence-based practices to meet students’ needs.

Meet the Nonprofit Disrupting the Multibillion-A-Year Teacher Professional Development Industry  | Forbes

(March 2019) School districts spend billions of dollars a year on professional development that most research has found helps neither teachers nor students. Leading Educators wants to change that.

Superintendent Association committee zeros in on equity to improve gaps in education | School News Network

(3/22/2019) Kent County educators are putting a renewed focus on racial and socioeconomic inequity, unwilling to let it remain the status quo.

Teaching Teachers to Learn from Each Other: Leading Educators Hopes to Turn the Multi-Billion Dollar Professional Development Industry on Its Head  | The 74

(3/13/2019) School districts spend billions of dollars a year on professional development that most research has found helps neither teachers nor students. Leading Educators wants to change that.

Her joy: watching them “discover what they can do” | School News Network

(2/22/2019) Susie Poliski, a kindergarten teacher at North Godwin Elementary in Grand Rapids, talks about the importance of building relationships with students.

Upping the equity quotient in math | School News Network

(2/12/2019) A look inside fifth-grade teacher Michelle Muñoz’s classroom shows how Greater Grand rapids teachers are working toward equity by improving their math instruction.

Leading Educators Launches Innovative Development Strategy with TPS | Press Release

(5/14/2018) Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) launched Empower, a dynamic professional learning strategy that will incorporate focused collaboration into the day-to-day work of teachers, in 10 schools on May 12, 2018.

Jonas Chartock to Depart as CEO of Leading Educators | Press Release

(5/08/2018) Jonas Chartock, who joined Leading Educators in 2010 as the organization's founding CEO, will be leaving his role this September.

Q&A: How DC Public Schools Guides Teachers Through Cycles of Continuous Improvement | The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

(November 2017) Eric Bethel, principal at Turner Elementary School in Washington, D.C., talks with the Gates Foundation about LEAP implementation at his school and the impact the model is having on teachers and students.

Exciting Things Happening in Education Today | Education Week Blog

(11/14/2017) Leading Educators CEO Jonas Chartock discusses the most exciting work happening in schools today in Education Week's "Classroom Q&A with Larry Ferlazzo."

When The Future of Learning Includes Teacher Training, Too| The Hechinger Report

(10/25/2017) DC Public Schools is implementing innovative approaches to content-focused learning for teachers that are being linked to greater achievement among students.

Could American Students and Educators Benefit from the Kinds of School Inspections Common Across Europe? | The 74 Million

(10/3/2017) Systems that work with high-octane programs such as Leading Educators have an advantage in generating teacher expertise.

Courageous Conversations Are Need to Discuss Race in Schools | Education Week Blog

(09/24/2017) Leading Educators CEO Jonas Chartock shares ideas for approaching race and implicit bias in the classroom in Education Week's "Classroom Q&A with Larry Ferlazzo."

Teachers Train Together to Help Close the Gap | School News Network

(09/01/2017) Fifty Grand Rapids-area educators began training this summer to increase student achievement through focused work around instructional practices.

Pahara and Aspen Institutes Announce New Class of Leaders for Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship | Press Release

(08/03/2017) Jonas S. Chartock, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer, Leading Educators announced as part of the Fall 2017 cohort of the highly selective Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship.

A Day in the Life of a Teacher Leader | TNTP Blog

(4/11/2017) Rhonda Ferguson, a LEAP Leader at Turner Elementary School in Washington, D.C., supports other teachers in her building in becoming great at instruction.

Seven Results of the Charter School Revolution | Philanthropy Magazine

(10/2016) Leading Educators is among several organizations whose efforts have pulled impressive new talent into education.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Announces Two-Year Investment In New Orleans Education | Press Release

(10/07/2016) Leading Educators has received a $396,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) to support the instructional leadership development of teacher leaders across Orleans Parish over the next two years.

Moneyball for Government Announces 32 New Non-Profit All-Stars | Press Release

(11/17/2015) Jonas S. Chartock, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer, Leading Educators named in Moneyball's latest list; “This exceptional group of leaders is committed to doing what works. They are using evidence and data to better understand their impact, use that information to learn and improve all they do for young people, their families and communities,” said Michele Jolin, CEO and Co-Founder Results for America.

RAND Report Briefing | Briefing & Report Link

(2015) RAND Report Shows Early Signs of Success in Leading Educators Fellowship. Read our briefing and get the full report, Examining the Early Impacts of the Leading Educators Fellowship on Student Achievement and Teacher Retention.

New Orleans' Big Education Export | Education Week Blog

(5/6/2015) Dr. Jonas Chartock and Chong-Hao Fu discuss the teacher leadership efforts that got New Orleans schools back on track after the systemic disruptions caused by Hurricane Katrina. 

Comcast Newsmakers - Teaching and Learning 2015 with Dr. Jean Snell | Video 4:37

Elena Russo talks with Dr. Jean Snell, Regional Executive Director, Leading Educators, Inc. They discuss the Teaching and Learning 2015 event that will take place March 13th and 14th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. Follow Leading Educators, Inc. on Facebook and Twitter, below. Taped 02/19/15

Roadmap for Effective Teacher Leadership Released by Aspen Institute and Leading Educators | Press Release

(10/20/2014) As school districts across the country confront the challenges of recruiting and retaining great teachers while trying to close persistent achievement gaps, two prominent nonprofit organizations today released a blueprint for building effective teacher leadership programs: unveiled Leading from the Front of the Classroom: A Roadmap for Teacher Leadership that Works.

Stuart Kaplan, Knightsbridge President, Joins Board of Leading Educators | Press Release

(10/16/2014) Leading Educators, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving teachers’ leadership skills critical for enhancing educator retention and boosting student results, announced today that Stuart Kaplan, President of Knightsbridge USA, has joined the organization’s board. Knightsbridge is a global human capital solutions firm that integrates expertise in finding, developing, and optimizing an organization’s leadership and talent to deliver superior performance.

Leading Educators and DC Public Schools Expand Partnership to Develop Leadership Opportunities for Great Teachers | Press Release

(7/9/2014) Principals and teachers from 17 D.C. public schools are gathering this week to identify challenges they want to tackle in the coming school year and the leadership roles teachers can play in driving this positive change. The effort is being facilitated by Leading Educators, a nonprofit organization that partners with districts to identify leadership opportunities for teachers and train them in the management skills necessary to be successful. This year, Leading Educators is working with 21 DCPS schools up from seven in 2013-14.

Sec. Duncan Proposes Teacher-Leadership Initiative | Education Week

(3/14/2014) By Stephen Sawchuk. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is pledging to begin an initiative with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to promote teacher leadership throughout the United States. The announcement about "Teach to Lead" came at the inaugural Teaching and Learning conference, hosted in Washington, D.C. by the National Board.

How One Leading Educators Fellow Extends Her Reach | Education Next

(06/18/2013) By Bryan Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel. Public Impact's Opportunity Culture project profiles Kansas City Fellow Anna Lavely. "Her story provides one example of how schools can reach more students with great teachers—and of how many programs to increase teachers’ impact still fall short on paying teachers their due, sustainably." Read the full case study.

From leading students to leading teachers: Group works to make schools better | The Times-Picayune

(04/01/2012) By Andrew Vanacore. "...This is the leap that (Elizabeth) Elizardi and the rest of the staff at Leading Educators, a New Orleans-based nonprofit group, are trying to help teachers make: to go from leading students to leading teachers. With the help of coaching sessions like this during a two-year fellowship, Oliver is now slated to head Success Prep's Response to Intervention program, which targets students who are falling behind with more intensive academic coaching. Other Leading Educators fellows at schools across the region will become department heads or mentors or assistant principals..."

New Orleans Education Leader to Perform at National Education Celebration 

(10/4/2011) Jonas Chartock, CEO, Leading Educators...will join a select group of nationally known education reformers performing at the EdReformies – Rockin’ Reform Revue on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, at the W Washington, D.C. Hotel...

Gates funds initiative to develop "missing link" in teacher training 

(3/4/2011) Times UK picks up on Leading Educators national expansion progress, with efforts similar to peer program Teaching Leaders UK