LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Jefferson County Public Schools will create a new equity-based leadership program with a grant worth up to $ 8.2 million, the district said Wednesday.
JCPS is one of eight school districts in the United States to have received such grants from the Wallace Foundation’s Equity Centered Pipeline initiative, according to a press release from the district. The district will receive $ 1.79 million per year for the first two years of the grant and up to $ 8.2 million in total if the grant is renewed for the full five-year term, the release said.
JCPS will use its grant money to start the Jefferson County Leadership Academy for those who wish to become school administrators. The district plans to offer workshops and programs on the duties and expectations of vice-principals and principals as well as mentoring and internship opportunities for future school administrators and coaching sessions for those who do. currently occupy such roles, the statement said.
The district is also working with the University of Louisville, Spalding University and the Kentucky Department of Education to develop certification, professional development and mentorship programs based on equity-focused leadership for new principals. and potentials, the press release said.
Superintendent Marty Pollio said the potential grant of $ 8.2 million gives JCPS “the enormous opportunity to develop and support prime candidates ‘on the bench’ as ââwell as those who have just taken office.”
“We know that effective principals have a strong and positive influence on students and schools, impacting student achievement across a school,” he said in a statement. âHaving a complete and aligned main pipeline will produce leaders who can help realize our district’s vision for equity. “
Leaders at UofL and Spalding University said the grant-backed program would strengthen their relationship with Kentucky’s largest school district while also benefiting educational programs at their institutions.
âTogether we have the potential to reach every leadership team in the district,â said Debbie Powers, director of the education administration and leadership program at UofL, in a statement. “This equity-focused work will also have a far-reaching impact extending to our partner districts of the Ohio Valley Education Co-op. We couldn’t be more excited for the work ahead.”
The Wallace Foundation grant will support ongoing work to further integrate equity-focused leadership into all aspects of Spalding’s JCPS-focused Aspiring Leaders core preparation program, including its curriculum, assessments and experiences. field clinics, âsaid Tori Murden McClure, president of Spalding University. in a report. “This work goes hand in hand with Spalding’s mission of compassion and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”
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