U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of $9.2 million for 14 awards to improve the leadership and effectiveness of current and aspiring principals and assistant principals in high-need school districts. Grants will be used to develop and expand innovative programs to recruit, train, and provide professional development opportunities for principals.
"An effective principal serves as the catalyst for significant school improvement," Duncan said. "These grants will help school leaders hone the wide range of skills needed to be a strong principal who can inspire teachers and have a positive impact on instructional practices that lead to improved learning outcomes."
The five-year grants were awarded to six school districts, three non-profit organizations, and five universities in 12 states: California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Grantees will use funds for a variety of activities to promote effective leadership in high-need school districts, such as stipends to principals who mentor new principals, financial incentives to aspiring new principals, training specific to a charter school environment, use of school-based data to develop turnaround practices, and tracking student achievement data.
More than 950 principals and aspiring principals are expected to be served by these 14 grants. An additional $20 million is being awarded this year for 29 continuation grants that began in 2008 and 2009. Funded since 2002, the School Leadership program has helped to certify more than 1,260 principals and assistant principals, to place 633 principals and assistant principals, and provide professional development services to over 5,700 participants.
Note to Editors: Attached is the list of grantees, by state, and includes 2010 funding:
Long Beach Unified School District; Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill; Kristi A. Kahl, (562) 997-8291 or firstname.lastname@example.org; $647,674
California State University Dominguez Hills; Los Angeles; Ann Chlebicki, (310) 243-2517 or email@example.com; $1,347,605
California League of Middle Schools; Compton; Irvin Howard, 562-430-3136 or firstname.lastname@example.org; $444,460
School Board of Miami-Dade County; Iraida R. Mendez-Cartaya, 305-995-1497 or email@example.com; $744,558
East St. Louis Public School District 189; Princess Hayes, 618-646-3048 or firstname.lastname@example.org; $446,550
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo; Van Cooley, 269-387-3891 or email@example.com; $688,732
Saint Paul Public Schools; Kate Wilcox-Harris, 651-744-1367 or firstname.lastname@example.org; $638,305
North Mississippi Education Consortium; University; Susan Rucker, 662-701-8150 or email@example.com; $929,816
Albuquerque Public Schools; Debbie Hamilton, 505-252-1017or firstname.lastname@example.org; $620,300
New Leaders for New Schools; New York City; Shane Mulhern, 646-792-1074 or email@example.com; $616,474
Lehigh University; Allentown; George White, 610-758-3262 or firstname.lastname@example.org; $481,016
Winthrop University, Rock Hill; Mark Mitchell, 803-323-4726 or email@example.com; $749,972
Memphis City Schools (MCS); Tommie McCarter, 901-416-6464 or firstname.lastname@example.org; $593,172
Hampton University; Norfolk, Michael L. McIntosh, 757-637-2426 or email@example.com; $322,489