School Leaders Network Mission Statement:
To expand educational opportunity for all students by transforming school leadership practices

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CEOLetterSchool Leadership! 

Dear Partners and Friends of School Leaders Network:

Everyone agrees that American schools should develop the skills and abilities that children urgently need in order to achieve their dreams.  School principals are second only to teachers in their ability to provide children with rich environments for personal and academic growth.


While it is firmly understood that ongoing teacher development is an essential ingredient to achieving best in class schooling, the equally important investment in quality learning for practicing principals has not reached national awareness. Just like teachers, principals need ongoing high quality learning throughout their careers to continue to acquire and strengthen instructional leadership practice. Just like teachers, principals develop these skills best within collaborative environments that

Dr. Elizabeth Neale
Founder and CEO

are of high frequency and highly focused on strengthening instructional leadership practice.


We must radically change the conversation to drive development for leaders on the job. The US Department of Education recently released a report: "Principal Attrition and Mobility: First Look," to address awareness of school leadership mobility. This report clearly shows the need to keep our most successful school leaders in their schools, ensuring their track record of creating success for children on their campus continues to grow.


Research already tells us that strategic support and targeted development are direct routes to retaining effective principals in their roles while they provide continuity for students and teachers. In 2013-14, 97% of the leaders who participated in School Leaders Network in 2012-13 returned to their school leadership roles or were promoted, compared to the average of 78% principals nationally, as found by the  National Center on Education Statistics.


This fall, School Leaders Network will publish a report entitled "Churn: The High Cost of Principal Turnover," which examines the causes and potential solutions to a problem that plagues school systems and stymies school improvement and student achievement growth. We will also be convening leading educators to discuss this important topic in November (Washington, DC) and in May (Los Angeles). I hope you will join us.


School Leaders Network is exceptionally proud of the work our leaders are accomplishing, and the ways in which our program and staff supports their persistent efforts to transform schools to ever-exciting and high-impact places of learning. In 2013-14, 91% percent of SLN Leaders achieved significant progress towards individualized student achievement goals (set annually).


For example, by the end of the school year, a SLN  elementary principal in Prince George's County, MD saw her 2nd grade students' DRA scores increase from 31% scoring on/above grade level in September to 79% scoring on/above grade level in April. She accomplished this by utilizing observation and supervision, focused teacher collaboration, learning walks, and teacher-to-teacher professional development.


Across the country in Los Angeles, a SLN Principal of an elementary school focused her leadership work so that 90% students would move at least one grade level in reading comprehension by the end of the year. By June, common grade-level performance tasks showed that each grade level increased the percentage of proficient students by 30% or more.  This growth was accomplished by creating a vehicle through which teachers collaborated in inquiry cycles throughout the year.


If you have thoughts you would like to share with me about changing the conversation, I would love to hear from you. Contact me at




Churn"Churn" in a City Near You


November 6, 2014

Join us to explore "Churn: The High Cost of Principal Turnover," our report release raising awareness of the causes, costs and solutions to currently unattended to principal attrition. We will hold a report release event in Washington, DC on November 6, 2014 with a panel discussion moderated by Sara Mead of Bellwether Education Partners that includes Richard Barth (KIPP) and Jean-Claude Brizard (UpSpring Education Group). If you would like to receive an invitation to this event, please email Gale Rockwell at


May 2015

Join us in Los Angeles for a day of critical conversation amongst educators about "Churn" and retaining effective talent in the principalship. More information will be provided in the months ahead. If you would like to receive an invitation to this event, please email Gale Rockwell at


AdvisoryBoardSchool Leaders Network Forms Key Partnerships in Los Angeles

School Leaders Network will serve 60 Southern California Charter Schools starting Fall 2014 through a partnership with California Charter Schools Association focused on Common Core. Our work will scale CCSS implementa-tion and instructional leadership at stand-alone and CMO-based charter schools in San Diego and Los Angeles. School Leaders Network helps situate on-the-job learning and reflection for charter leaders within the context of day-to-day challenges.


Twenty Southern California schools in five previously unserved districts will participate in a School Leaders Network launched through a partnership with the Cotsen Foundation for the Art of Teaching in the Greater Los Angeles area.  The Cotsen-SLN Network will focus on leadership to accelerate best in class teacher practice through mobilized teacher leadership and strong cultures of collaboration.


Seven leaders in the Los Angeles educational community have joined the newly-formed SLN Los Angeles Advisory Committee to accelerate SLN's success at building local partnerships with school systems, philanthropists, and community organizations so that we may serve more students in the region. This builds upon the success of our Advisory Committee in San Antonio and mirrors our emerging work with our Advisory Committee in New York City. We are proud to present our Los Angeles Advisors: 

  • Ronni Ephraim, Ed.D., 2U
  • Judy Johnson, Ed.D.
  • Layla Kim, Capital Group Companies
  • Cindy Kratzer, Ph.D., Independent Consultant
  • John Lee, Teach Plus
  • David Rattray, UNITE-LA
  • Ryan J. Smith, United Way of Los Angeles

Additionally, we would like to thank these donors for their support of our work in Los Angeles: California Community Foundation, Capital Group Companies, John W. Carson Foundation, Laura and James Rosenwald, and The Boeing Company.

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About School Leaders Network

Founded in 2006 in Massachusetts, School Leaders Network is a national organization that partners with K-12 school principals to make sure that children from low-income families get a college-ready education. We make principals stronger instructional leaders and coaches for teachers and students, so that teaching and learning quality goes up throughout the building. Because principals can renew annually, we can see increased impact on student achievement the longer they are in the program. Nationwide. School Leaders Network currently serves over 400 leaders reaching over 300,000 students. In five years, we aim to serve two million children nationwide.