"Mr. Schwartz can be credited for ensuring his staff has the appropriate professional
development in order to be at the top of their game," 
Laura, NJ School Board Association 
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Welcome to Leaf Academy

If you are new to Leaf Academy you might not know...
Leaf Academy was founded by 21st Century skills expert D.Scott Schwartz, M.Ed.
Schwartz was one of the first superintendents in NJ to implement a 21st century curriculum in his high school, which disproved theories from leading educational experts that students from low-income and marginalized communities could not break the cycle of poverty.
Over 5000 Educators Agree: 
Thousands of educators have benefitted from the Teacher Development program Schwartz developed. This unique professional coaching program helps teachers become expert instructors within 2 school years, which disproved theories from leading education experts it takes 5 years for teachers to develop their talent. 
The 3 Rules School Districts Should Consider:
  • Provide Teachers and Students with a 21st Century Curriculum
  • Ensure Every Teacher's Career is 100% Supported by a Teacher Development Program 
  • Ensure Your School Leaders Know the 6 Objectives of Leadership
Leaf Academy's Two Goals
  • One: Show Average Hard Working Americans How to Use 21st Century Skills to Get Ahead in Life
  • Two: Fix the K12 System the Right Way  
Teaching 21st Century Skills is the only way to achieve both goals. What most Americans do not realize is that their K12 education only includes 19th century learning. In order to be successful in this century, people need to Add-On 21st Century skills.
About D.Scott Schwartz, M.Ed.
20 Years of K12 Experience and Research
He is considered an expert by K12 educators, as well as the NJ Legislature, which formally invited him to give expert testimony before the NJ Joint Legislative Committee on the Public Schools in 2017.

He was recommended to be a part of the Governor's Education Task Force, which was looking into new modern ways to improve the quality of instruction across the State.

He is a certified principal, superintendent and school business administrator with 20 years experience. 

  • Mr. Schwartz can be credited for ensuring his staff has the appropriate professional development in order to be at the top of their game, which benefits the students and provides to them the supports to be successful.  Laura, NJ School Board's Association
  • When I was first hired as a teacher, I was full of self-doubt. I would spend hours everyday after school toiling over my lesson plans and worrying if I was helping my students learn. If it wasn't for the coaching D.Scott provided me, I probably would have quit the profession after a few years. What he helped me understand was that I was growing as a teacher. He showed me specifically the skills I knew and the ones I still needed to develop. It was a game-changer for me and my career.                   Danielle, Elementary Teacher 
  • There are a lot of smart people in education, but being smart doesn't always equal success inside the system. D.Scott understands how everything works together or at least is supposed to work. That's the secret to his success. He can see what most educators cannot see and then he has the experience and expertise to fix what is not working. We brought him in to help unlock our entire special education department's potential.  Tony, Assistant Superintendent 
  • It's amazing to see how far I've come in just one school year. The Teacher Development program helps you see teaching as a set of skills you need to develop. I have friends that work in the public school and they are forced to "guess" if what they are doing is right or wrong. Here, we learn best practices and receive direct feedback, so I always know if I'm on track or not toward becoming an expert teacher.  Rebecca, Middle School Teacher 
  • I started my teaching career in an urban public school. I was overworked and underpaid and never felt appreciated. I worked for Mr. Schwartz for 4 years and it re-inspired me to be a teacher again.   Frank, High School Science Teacher

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