Profiles of Leaders of Color: Building an Effective Staff

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This is the first in a series of reports to be published by the National Alliance in partnership with Public Impact highlighting the experiences of school leaders of color in charter schools across the country. While the impact school leaders have on student performance has been well documented, there has been little attention to how leaders’ experiences and racial identities inform and influence their practice. While many practices of good leadership are universal, an individual's identity shapes how they approach situations and can inspire new and innovative practices. The report includes the profiles of three leaders of color—Frances Teso of Voices College-Bound Language Academies, in California, Eric Sanchez of Henderson Collegiate, in North Carolina, and Jamar McKneely of InspireNOLA in New Orleans—and shares how they recruit, train, and support their teachers.

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