Excellent schools need excellent leadership: that’s the driving principle behind Charter Board Partners. Public charter schools – which serve nearly half of all public school students in DC – are led by independent, volunteer boards of directors. These boards are ultimately responsible for students’ success but, until recently, no support system existed to ensure their effectiveness. So CBP stepped in to fill the gap. It recruits talented professionals from the corporate, nonprofit, and education sectors, and matches them with school boards in need of their expertise. All partner boards receive targeted coaching, tools, and resources on everything from learning about the local education reform landscape, to creating academic "data dashboards," to evaluating human resources and setting strategic goals. The result? In 2014, hundreds of DC-area professionals (95% of whom said the trainings made them better board members) contributed their time and talent to 25 public charter schools, benefitting 12,000 mostly low-income students. We all want our children to succeed: let’s give them the strongest leaders to pave the way.