Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders | Leaders of Leaders – Overview
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Leaders of Leaders


The Leaders of Leaders program supports the success of Neubauer Fellowship in Educational Leadership alumni (“Senior Fellows”) who have been promoted to system leadership positions in Philadelphia beyond the principalship. Senior Fellows serve in executive leadership positions – such as Assistant Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer – and face a new set of day-to-day challenges and opportunities.

Participation in the Leaders of Leaders program is limited to Senior Neubauer Fellows who supervise or support principals in Philadelphia.

What we provide

Utilizing the successful cross-sector approach of the Neubauer Fellowship, the Leaders of Leaders program convenes Senior Fellows working in system leadership roles across the district, charter, and faith-based school sectors.

The Leaders of Leaders program:

  • Enhances participants’ executive leadership skills to effectively navigate and leverage systems and system leaders
  • Develops participants’ knowledge and skills to create an accountable culture that results in improved student learning
  • Expands participants’ capacity to coach other leaders to improve their practice
  • Creates a learning network in which participants examine work-specific challenges and successes and share constructive feedback and promising practices

Program Components

The Leaders of Leaders program includes:

  • Capacity building sessions focused on executive leadership, accountable cultures, and coaching other leaders
  • Individualized executive coaching to improve practice
  • Opportunities for participants to share current “problems of practice” and gather feedback and suggestions from peers
  • Intimate conversations with prominent Philadelphia leaders focused on effectively leading, managing, and supporting managers of others

2019-2020 Leaders of Leaders Participants

Amelia Coleman Brown – Assistant Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia

Sharif El-Mekki – Director, Center for Black Educator Development

Michael Farrell – Deputy Chief of Leadership Development, School District of Philadelphia

Aaron Gerwer – Head of School, Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School

Jason Harris – Leadership Coach, School District of Philadelphia

Tiffany Holmes – Head of Schools, KIPP Philadelphia

Leta Johnson – Director of Evaluation, School District of Philadelphia

Kim Newman – Assistant Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia

Noah Tennant – Chief Executive Officer, Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School

Karen Thomas – Leadership Coach, School District of Philadelphia

“The Leaders of Leaders program provides me with concrete guidance and feedback from peers about how to best support people in the organization and community I serve. It is validating and practical, pushes for better practice, and provides camaraderie and reflection.”

Noah Tennant

Chief Executive Officer, Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia

2016 Neubauer Fellow in Educational Leadership

2018 and 2019 Leaders of Leaders Program Participant