Hidden in Plain Sight

Tomorrow's Education Leaders Already Work for You

Developing and advancing today’s education leaders promises to reduce turnover, boost retention, and increase diversity - in service of breakthrough student results.

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Hidden in Plain Sight

Tomorrow's Education Leaders Already Work for You

Developing and advancing today’s education leaders promises to reduce turnover, boost retention, and increase diversity - in service of breakthrough student results.

Download the Report

The Initiative

Much attention, rightly so, has been paid to the importance of developing strong teachers, teacher leaders, and school leaders. Yet our understanding of leadership pipelines for K–12 system leaders— including at districts, charter management organizations, and education nonprofits— is in much shorter supply. At EdFuel, we believe these leaders play an integral role in the K–12 education ecosystem; we are committed to developing strong education professionals at all levels of our rapidly changing sector.


EdFuel, in close partnership with The Bridgespan Group, set out to engage a broad group of districts, charters, nonprofits, and funders to dig deeply into the state of leadership development for K–12 sector leaders. We sought both to understand the challenges facing our current and rising leaders, and to surface solutions for attracting, developing and retaining many more capable and diverse leaders in the decade to come.

The Initiative

Much attention, rightly so, has been paid to the importance of developing strong teachers, teacher leaders, and school leaders. Yet our understanding of leadership pipelines for K–12 system leaders— including at districts, charter management organizations, and education nonprofits— is in much shorter supply. At EdFuel, we believe these leaders play an integral role in the K–12 education ecosystem; we are committed to developing strong education professionals at all levels of our rapidly changing sector.


EdFuel, in close partnership with The Bridgespan Group, set out to engage a broad group of districts, charters, nonprofits, and funders to dig deeply into the state of leadership development for K–12 sector leaders. We sought both to understand the challenges facing our current and rising leaders, and to surface solutions for attracting, developing and retaining many more capable and diverse leaders in the decade to come.

What will it take to recruit, develop, and retain a diverse generation of education sector leaders? The answer, based on a spring 2015 survey of noninstructional leaders, came through loud and clear: allocate the time and funding necessary to develop and retain more current staff as system leaders. Following through means fundamentally reorienting our priorities around talent and investing more consistently in the development and growth of leaders.

What will it take to recruit, develop, and retain a diverse generation of education sector leaders? The answer, based on a spring 2015 survey of noninstructional leaders, came through loud and clear: allocate the time and funding necessary to develop and retain more current staff as system leaders. Following through means fundamentally reorienting our priorities around talent and investing more consistently in the development and growth of leaders.

Steering Committee

Alex Caram

NewSchools Venture Fund

Elizabeth City

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Tom Noble

The Broad Center

Veenay Singla

Independent Consultant

Betsy Doyle

Partner, Bridgespan Group

Advisory Board

Chaka Booker

The Broad Center

Rachel Curtis

Rachel Curtis Consulting

Ethan Gray

Education Cities

Alex Johnston

Impact for Education

Deborah McGriff

NewSchools Venture Fund

Frances McLaughlin

Education Pioneers

Joe Siedlecki

The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

LaVerne Evans Srinivasan

The Carnegie Corporation

Working Groups

Project Team

Lisa Horowitz

Daniela Fairchild

Betsy Doyle

Lija Farnham

Roger Thompson

Aviva Altmann

Austin Lee

Anna Soybel

Sara Snyder

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