SEN believes that even struggling districts are home to talented educators with great potential to lead transformative change.  We help school systems identify and develop their top performers and place them in redesigned school settings that enable maximum impact. 

"Without SEN, we would very much still be struggling as a district to find a common language, to find a common path forward, to have insights into what to do next. I think a lot of SEN's influence stems from the common experience and relationships that have been built between Principals and Master and Lead Teachers"

Jack Elsey, Chief Schools Officer @ the Educational Achievement Authority of Michigan



Districts can grow their own high-performing school leaders by recognizing and cultivating the potential of talented early-career educators. By placing them in aligned leadership teams and gradually increasing their administrative responsibility as they move up the career ladder we put high-impact teachers on the path to becoming high-impact leaders.  SEN programs provide the coaching and support needed to help developing leaders navigate challenges and experience success on the path to the principalship.



SEN works with districts to redesign school structures and maximize the impact that new leaders can have on their communities.  We advocate for small schools, small learning communities within a school, and/or the phase-in of renewed school cultures one grade at a time.  Limiting the size of a school helps leaders dramatically raise the bar for quality and hold community members to renewed standards. Restructuring the organization of students and staff creates a reset moment in which a new school vision can be presented and old, ineffective habits can be discarded.


SEN works with district and school leaders to introduce renewed school cultures that emphasize positive relationships between students and staff, high expectations for academic performance, and whatever-it-takes attitudes in adults.  We promote a progressive approach to building school culture in which student perspective is valued, suspensions are minimized, and students are mentored to meet academic and behavioral expectations. 



Charter School Development



Founding a school through the SEN Charter Leader Fellowship is a unique opportunity to implement your vision for serving NYC’s students and families while receiving an unparalleled educational leadership experience.



Meet our passionate and experienced educators dedicated to founding the next wave of high-quality charter school for New York City students.