Stuart Kaplan

Leading Educators Prepares for CEO Transition

After nearly eight incredible years at Leading Educators, CEO Jonas Chartock has decided to open the door to new leadership this September.

Jonas is proud of all that the Leading Educators community has accomplished, having grown from a single pilot program in New Orleans to becoming an innovative learning and systems design partner of districts in twelve geographic areas.  Under his leadership, educational equity and collaborative teacher practice have become more deeply ingrained in the programmatic approach--shifts that have helped districts reach record student growth. As a new father, Jonas is excited to spend more time with his family and pursue new opportunities tied to his deep passion for racial equity and social justice policy and activism.

We believe the team at Leading Educators is well prepared to build on ten years of collective progress, and we have chosen Chong-Hao Fu as an internal successor who brings both a deep understanding of our programs and strong relationships with leading districts to this effort.  Jonas will continue to serve as CEO through early September. We look forward to re-introducing you to Chong-Hao and our strategic plan in the coming months.

Leading Educators has always been about collective leadership.  We have worked to be a model of the distributed leadership we expect from our school partners, and our culture reflects that nimble, collaborative approach.  As we enter this next chapter of our story, we know we are about to see many decades of districts producing their best teaching and learning yet.

We thank you for your continued partnership in service of all students.

In community,

Jonas Chartock, Outgoing CEO, Leading Educators

Chong-Hao Fu, Incoming CEO, Leading Educators

Stuart Kaplan, Chair, Leading Educators Board of Directors

Jonas Chartock to Depart as CEO of Leading Educators, Chong-Hao Fu Named Successor

May 8, 2018

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JONAS CHARTOCK TO DEPART AS CEO OF LEADING EDUCATORS, CHONG-HAO FU NAMED SUCCESSOR

Move marks first leadership transition in organization’s 10-year history

 

NEW ORLEANS, LA - May 8, 2018

Jonas Chartock, who joined Leading Educators as the organization’s first CEO in December 2010, will be leaving his role this September.  

Chartock shared, “In more than seven years, we have grown from a small pilot program with aspirations to positively impact the education of every New Orleans’ student to a critical partner to pioneering school systems in twelve regions and influencing so many more.  Our experience in developing professional learning systems has deepened our understanding of what it will take to accomplish real educational equity, and I am so proud of how well-prepared this team is to enter our next chapter.”

Chong-Hao Fu, Leading Educators’ current Chief Learning Officer, has been unanimously chosen by the board of directors as Chartock’s successor.  As Chief Program Officer and Chief Learning Officer, Fu has led innovative shifts in districts’ teacher and school leader development strategies which have produced accelerated growth in student’s math and English language arts knowledge.  Fu has been with Leading Educators for six years and currently manages partnership, district consulting, development, and thought leadership efforts. Before joining Leading Educators, Fu was the founding principal of KIPP Sharpstown in Houston, TX, one of the highest performing schools in the city and one of the few fine arts schools dedicated to serving lower income students.

During the transition, Leading Educators will be launching new programs in Tulsa, Chicago, and New Orleans that will directly serve approximately 215 new teacher and school leaders.  Partnership teams worked with 730 teacher leaders nationwide in the most recent academic year, influencing 2,920 peer teachers and 73,000 K-12 students.

As a new father, Chartock is excited to spend more time with his family and pursue new opportunities tied to his deep passion for racial and education equity and social justice policy and activism.

“This organization has never been about one person or leader, and Jonas and Chong-Hao have done an incredible job of building a culture of shared progress that will only grow stronger,” said Stuart Kaplan, Board Chair at Leading Educators and Director of Organization Development at Google.

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About Leading Educators

Leading Educators is a national nonprofit organization founded in New Orleans that seeks to improve student achievement by leveraging the positive impact of experienced teachers who take on leadership positions in their schools.  We partner with states, districts, and public charter networks to design professional learning systems that develop the instructional skills and content knowledge of teachers so they can reach better, more equitable student outcomes. www.leadingeducators.org

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Press Release: Stuart Kaplan, Knightsbridge President, Joins Board of Leading Educators

Leading Educators is excited to welcome Stuart Kaplan to our national Board of Directors. See below for the full press release, and see the full list of board members here: http://www.leadingeducators.org/board


Stuart Kaplan, Knightsbridge President, Joins Board of Leading Educators

Brings Expertise in Retaining and Developing High-Potential Talent; Leading Educators Boosts Classroom and Student Success with Focus on Critical Mid-Level Talent

New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) October 16, 2014

Leading Educators, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving teachers’ leadership skills critical for enhancing educator retention and boosting student results, announced today that Stuart Kaplan, President of Knightsbridge USA, has joined the organization’s board. Knightsbridge is a global human capital solutions firm that integrates expertise in finding, developing, and optimizing an organization’s leadership and talent to deliver superior performance.

“Stuart Kaplan is one of the foremost experts in helping organizations develop high-performing and high-potential talent,” CEO Jonas S. Chartock said.

Leading Educators currently serves approximately 500 teacher-leaders, who lead roughly 4,000 teachers and impact a total of 115,000 students in about 200 schools is Houston, Kansas City, New Orleans and Washington, DC.

"Leading Educators achieves an exponential impact on student outcomes by training our country’s best teachers to lead their colleagues in the pursuit of student success. Only by investing in middle leaders can schools effectively support new teachers and build pipelines of future school leaders," said Jonas S. Chartock, CEO of Leading Educators. "Stuart brings an exceptional track record of helping companies achieve superior performance through a similar focus on developing talent, and we’re thrilled to benefit from his experience.”

“Great companies and great educational institutions prioritize retaining and augmenting strong mid-level talent,” said Stuart Kaplan, President of Knightsbridge USA and Leading Educators incoming board member. “Leading Educators is playing a unique role that is essential for driving real, sustainable improvement. Public schools educating lower-income students, in particular, need to continue adopting these talent development practices that have been proven time and again, not only by Leading Educators but also by the best managed companies. I look forward to working with Leading Educators to broaden its reach and impact – one public school district at a time."


Leading Educators runs a two-year Fellowship for middle leaders in schools. The program encompasses targeted training experiences, the community of a peer cohort, and the personal support of a coach in order to leverage leadership and management skills. Leading Educators also provides targeted Strategic Support Initiatives on a contract basis to districts in Denver, Houston, Washington, D.C., and New York City, and in partnership with the Academy for Urban School Leadership, and Teach for America.

Ninety-six percent of teachers who participated in the Leading Educators program are retained in the field of education. Ninety-five percent continue to serve in the region where they began their Fellowship. One hundred percent continue to serve in roles and organizations specifically focused on high-needs populations.