NYC Leadership Academy graduate Danika LaCroix, Principal of the Young Scholars Academy for Discovery and Exploration, and Ilene Friedman, our Vice President of Principal Preparation Programs, are both featured on Doing What Works (DWW). Sponsored by the United States Department of Education, DWW is an online library of resources providing tools to implement research-based instructional practices at schools. Danika and Ilene share lessons learned in a feature on turning around chronically low-performing schools.

Listen as Danika discusses how she analyzed the school environment to identify quick win strategies to energize the school community and as she describes how her school approaches hiring new teaching staff. Then listen to Ilene describe the leadership characteristics we believe are critical for aspiring principals and explain how we prepare them to, like Danika, transform schools on behalf of students.