U.S. Department of Education Awards 12 New Grants Totaling More Than $20 Million to Train, Support and Retain Leaders of Turnaround Efforts in the Lowest-Performing Schools

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U.S. Department of Education Awards 12 New Grants Totaling More Than $20 Million to Train, Support and Retain Leaders of Turnaround Efforts in the Lowest-Performing Schools

October 1, 2014

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of more than $20 million for 12 new awards from the Turnaround School Leaders Program, under the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program, to prepare leaders of reform efforts in the nation’s lowest-performing schools.

“Effective leaders who are trained to lead turnaround efforts in the lowest-performing schools are essential to improving student outcomes,” said Secretary Duncan. “These grants will provide the resources for states and districts to select, train and place great leaders in the schools - and with the students - that need them the most.”

The Turnaround School Leaders Program supports projects to develop, or enhance, and implement a leadership pipeline that selects, prepares, places, supports and retains school leaders—including leadership teams—for SIG schools.

Grantees will develop systems at the district level to recruit and select prospective and current school leaders with the skills necessary to turn around a SIG school or SIG-eligible school; to provide high-quality training to selected school leaders to prepare them to successfully lead turnaround efforts; to place school leaders in SIG schools and provide them with ongoing professional development and other support that focuses on instructional leadership and school management based on individual needs; and to retain effective school leaders—using financial or other incentives—and replace ineffective school leaders.

Through the SIG program, the U.S. Department of Education provides grants to states to make competitive subgrants to districts that demonstrate the greatest need and the strongest commitment to use to the funds to provide adequate resources to raise the achievement of students in the state’s lowest-performing schools. The SIG program requires districts and schools to implement rigorous intervention models that include comprehensive approaches to turning around schools.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Below is a list of grantees, with state and grant amount.


Applicant Name

State

Total Recommended Funding

Western Michigan University

MI

$1,999,701

New Leaders Inc.

MD

$1,500,000

Special School District #1

MN

$1,925,820

City of Paterson Board of Education

NJ

$1,499,999

Syracuse City School District

NY

$1,594,458

School Board of Miami-Dade County

FL

$2,131,505

Center for Leadership and Education Equity

RI

$1,633,952

Cleveland Municipal School District

OH

$794,595

The Board of Trustees of The University of Illinois

IL

$1,969,898

North Carolina State University

NC

$1,996,725

Alabama State Department of Education

AL

$1,985,289

Rocky Mountain College

MT

$1,496,775

TOTAL

 

$20,528,717