School Leaders

High-performing school leaders are uniquely positioned to build a strong school culture focused on character formation and internationally competitive learning. School leaders, however, are often not well equipped by universities to accomplish the changing demands being made on schools by a changing moral ecology and a shifting global economy.

By improving selection, training, and placement of high-performing school leaders, schools are more likely to create cultures in which students develop good character and internationally competitive learning.


The K12 Education Program works with Teach for America’s Alumni School Leadership  team to support and recruit more Teach For America (TFA) alumni to lead schools that ensure all students in the U.S. receive an excellent education. There are currently 800 TFA alumni leading schools in 37 states, and Teach For America expects that number to almost triple in the coming years.  You can learn more about Teach For America’s School Leadership work here.  In addition to supporting this work across the country, the K12 Education Program also supports Teach For America Milwaukee to promote college and career success by instilling knowledge and developing students’ character.

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation (WWF) has launched an MBA program in education leadership at both the Milwaukee School of Engineering and the University of Indianapolis. WWF recruits and prepares outstanding leaders for schools in Wisconsin and Indiana. Learn more about this program here.

Building Excellent Schools, one of America’s best charter school startup fellowship programs, has created a new initiative to launch new charter networks from high-performing single schools. Leaders for Emerging Networks of Schools (LENS) is increasing the number of charter networks by partnering with founding principals to train and mentor replicating school leaders. BES CEO Linda Brown speaks about the organization’s mission here.