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Pearson Invests $3 Million To Help Expand Program To Transform Urban School Districts

New Leaders for New Schools (NLNS), a nonprofit dedicated to recruiting outstanding principals and other school leaders for at-risk urban districts, has received a commitment from the Pearson Foundation to donate $3 million over the next three years.

A portion of the money will be used to fund the three-year training terms of 15 new high school principals under the auspices of a program to be known as Pearson Fellows. NLNS will select the individuals who will participate in the program, and these "principals in training" will participate in urban school leadership development programs in New York, Baltimore, and Washington, DC, working in conjunction with the organization to improve student achievement and educator leadership.

"New Leaders for New Schools has been a vital partner in helping New York City address the challenges of secondary school reform, and we look forward to continuing to work together successfully," said Joel Klein, chancellor of the New York City Department of Education.  "New Leaders' approach in recruiting, training, and supporting principals has helped move us closer to our goal of having a highly-effective leader in every school."

NLNS has said it will also use the funds donated by The Pearson Foundation toward its summits on community building and professional practice, research initiatives, school design practices, and professional development.

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