Jean Desravines

Guest Blogger

Chief Executive Officer, New Leaders

New York City, New York

Jean Desravines serves as the Chief Executive Officer of New Leaders, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure high academic achievement for all children, especially students in poverty and students of color, by developing transformational school leaders and advancing the policies and practices that allow great leaders to succeed.

Jean has over 20 years of professional leadership. Before joining New Leaders, Jean held a number of leadership roles at the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) in the Bloomberg Administration, including Senior Counselor to Chancellor Joel Klein, Executive Director for the Office of Parent and Community Engagement, and Chief of Staff to the Senior Counselor for Education Policy. Jean serves on the board of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), 100Kin10, America Achieves, and St. Francis College and St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey.

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Posted Apr. 11, 2019

Teacher Strikes Aren’t Just About Pay, They’re About Better Bosses

This past year, we have witnessed an historic number of teacher strikes across the country. The demands of picketing teachers…

By Jean Desravines

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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