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


The Leaders of Leaders Program is designed to support the success of Neubauer Fellows who have been promoted to school system leadership positions beyond the principalship such as Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Chief of Leadership Development. As an extension of the Neubauer Fellowship, participation in the Leaders of Leaders program is limited to Neubauer Fellows who serve in leadership roles that entail supervising and/or supporting principals in a Philadelphia district, charter, or faith-based school system or organization.

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 2020-2021 Leaders of Leaders program is designed to achieve the following goals:

  • Examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified systemic inequities, identify implications for “leaders of leaders”, and plan to address and influence from current role
  • Develop capacity to lead effectively in a climate of crisis and uncertainty
  • Apply a coaching framework to executive leadership moves that impact system practices and decisions
  • Create a learning network in which participants examine work-specific challenges, share successes, and offer constructive feedback

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 small groups of participants to strategize solutions for real-time issues
  • Intimate conversations with prominent Philadelphia leaders focused on effectively leading, managing, and supporting managers of others

2020-2021 Leaders of Leaders Participants

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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