New Leaders for New Schools Honors Individuals Transforming Education for Chicago Students at Awards Gala

Oct 22, 2010, 18:17 ET from New Leaders for New Schools

CHICAGO, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, October 27 at 5:00 PM, New Leaders for New Schools, a nationally recognized non-profit transforming urban public schools, will hold its third annual Leadership Awards Gala honoring Martin Koldyke (Founder & Chairman Emeritus of AUSL Schools), Clare Munana (Vice-President, Chicago Board of Education) and two outstanding New Leaders: Craig Benes (Cohort 2), Chief Area Officer, Area 6 and Lisa Kenner (Cohort 1), Principal, Legacy Charter School.  

WHAT: The New Leaders for New Schools' Leadership Awards Gala is the Chicago Program's largest annual fundraiser. Created from the idea that transformational leadership deserves acknowledgement, the recognition of "Leadership in the Service of Learning" celebrates Chicago Public Schools' strongest champions. New Leaders for New Schools is proud to pay tribute each year to individuals who exemplify leadership for the students of Chicago Public Schools.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 5:00 – 8:00 PM.

WHO: Craig Benes, New Leaders Cohort 2, Chief Area Officer, Area 6, Chicago Public Schools

Maggie Blinn, Executive Director New Leaders for New Schools, Chicago

Ron Huberman, CEO, Chicago Public Schools

Ms. Lisa Kenner, New Leaders Cohort 1, Principal Legacy Charter School

Martin Koldyke, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Academy for Urban School Leaders (AUSL) and the Golden Apple Foundation

Clare Munana, Vice President, Chicago Board of Education

Jon Schnur, CEO and Founder, New Leaders for New Schools

Leading Chicago educators and philanthropists

WHERE: Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, 301 East North Water Street, Chicago, IL 60611

ABOUt New Leaders for New Schools

New Leaders for New Schools is a national non-profit dedicated to closing the student achievement gap by recruiting, training, supporting and learning from urban public school principals. Over the last decade, New Leaders for New Schools has trained over 700 educators, impacting nearly a quarter million of the neediest students around the country. New Leaders for New Schools is at the helm of a movement to bring transformative change to Chicago Public Schools and dramatic improvements in student academic achievement. Our partnership with Chicago Public Schools began in 2000, and in 2010–11 we will support approximately 140 New Leaders driving change for nearly 60,000 children. These New Leaders are in schools across the district: in traditional, charter, new and turnaround; and over 95 percent are in high-needs schools. Of the total number admitted into our 10 cohorts, over 80 percent remain directly impacting the students of Chicago Public Schools. Additional information about New Leaders for New Schools can be found at

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