The Education Dept. awards more than $16.2 million to eight grantees to help states improve their poorest performing schools by creating a new cadre of school leaders intent at increasing school achievement fixing classroom instruction problems.
This program, School Improvement Grants: Turnaround School Leaders Program (CFDA Number: 84.377, Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-032814-001), supports systems at the school district level that are designed to provide high-quality training to selected new school leaders and current school leaders.
“Strong school leadership makes the difference between good schools and bad schools; successful students and unsuccessful students. Building strong school leadership has always been my priority,” Education Secy. Arne Duncan said. “These grants will help retain and support strong leadership in schools that need it the most.”
These grants are part of the DoEd SIG program. State educational agencies make competitive sub-grants to school districts demonstrating the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to raise substantially the achievement of students in their lowest-performing schools. Grants make sure that school have the leadership in place to improve.
Funds can be used to:
- Recruit school leaders with the competencies necessary to turn around a SIG school or SIG-eligible school;
- Provide high-quality training to selected school leaders to prepare them to successfully lead turnaround efforts;
- Place school leaders in SIG schools and/or SIG-eligible schools and provide them with ongoing professional development and other support.
This program is part of the Obama administration’s new federal effort (http://tinyurl.com/k552rz3) to identify ways the public and private sector can partner to support national service. Under-achievement is a significant problem in the K-12 classroom; DoEd has found about 5,000 K-12 schools in the country could use help.
A new round of grants is to be released early next year. Expect a solicitioant at the start of 2016 with a May deadline. Go here for last year’s NOFA: http://tinyurl.com/Advzr1c-t