U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan today announced the award of nearly $24.6 million for three grants to improve student achievement by increasing the effectiveness of teachers and principals. Funded under the Supporting Effective Educators Development (SEED) program, projects are awarded to the National Writing Project, New Teacher Center, and Teach for America.
“Effective teachers and principals are so central to boosting student achievement and producing better outcomes for children,” Duncan said. “These grants are excellent examples of ways to support teachers and school leaders and develop the next generation of world-class educators.”
The National Writing Project, based in Berkeley, Calif., will use its $11.3 million grant to train 3,000 K-12 teacher-leaders in the teaching of writing, who will then conduct professional development for teachers in local schools and districts in all 50 states. They are expected to reach some 12,000 students during the 2012–13 school year. The training will be conducted at intensive summer institutes for teachers on university campuses as well as through online programs. Another focus of the National Writing Project grant is to provide at least 30 hours of professional development in writing instruction throughout the school year for teachers serving high-need students in 100 schools and districts across the country.
The New Teacher Center in Santa Cruz, Calif., will use its award of nearly $4.98 million to support novice teachers and principals in the Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida. The grant will fund teacher mentor and principal coaches to provide intensive support for each beginning teacher and new principal to ensure that they are having a positive impact on student learning right from the start of their careers. The program will reach 1,200 new teachers in elementary, middle, and senior high schools throughout the county.
Read the full article at the Department of Education.