New Grants Fund Leadership Preparation
The Virginia Department of Education is awarding $100,000 grants to five leadership-preparation partnerships between school divisions, institutions of higher education, and other organizations that recognize the importance of leadership in raising student achievement. The funded programs will provide principals, assistant principals, administrators and prospective school leaders with training and mentoring to become effective instructional leaders as well as administrators.
Leadership is essential to raising the achievement of students, said Superintendent of Public Instruction Jo Lynne DeMary. In every successful school you will find a principal who understands how children learn, insists on best practices and effective instruction, and knows how to organize, lead, and inspire teachers.
Funds for the leadership grants were appropriated by the 2004 Virginia General Assembly in response to the recommendations of the legislatures Commission to Review, Study, and Reform Educational Leadership. The commission recommended that school divisions, institutions of higher education, and professional associations collaborate to develop preparation and professional development programs that recognize the role of leadership in improving instruction and raising student achievement. The General Assembly approved grants totaling $500,000 each year for fiscal years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006.
The partnerships receiving $100,000 leadership development grants for fiscal year 2004-2005 include:
All of the school leadership-preparation programs receiving grants were developed to meet the requirements of the Board of Educations licensure regulations and the boards Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria for Teachers, Administrators, and Superintendents.
Virginia is one of 15 states selected to participate in the Wallace Foundations State Action for Educational Leadership Project (SAELP). The commonwealth has received two SAELP grants totaling $650,000 from the foundation to research and create policies that promote the development and retention of educational leaders committed to raising student achievement. Activities of the General Assemblys Commission to Review, Study, and Reform Educational Leadership were funded through Virginias initial SAELP grant.
Virginias SAELP grants and the General Assembly-funded leadership preparation grants announced today are designed to reform and strengthen educational leadership and establish principals and the instructional leaders of their schools.