Teachers play a crucial role in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, but so too do the principals and assistant principals who oversee the work they do in the nation's classrooms. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Education has taken action to ensure that high-need schools and districts receive the leadership they deserve.
Recently, the Department announced that 20 School Leadership Program projects would receive grants to recruit, train and mentor principals and assistant principals that will work in high-need academic settings. According to a press release, together, the grants will be worth more than $13 million.
"There are no great schools without great principals and teachers," said Arne Duncan, the U.S. secretary of education. "High-quality examples of leadership can help shape a school's culture and create an environment where students are excited to learn. These grants aim to support the development of these leaders, ultimately improving the effectiveness of educators and the academic achievement of students."
Illinois State University, North Carolina State University and Missouri's Wheaton R3 School District are among the recipients of the Department's grants. As the CCSS implementation process nears its conclusion, high-need school districts are sure to benefit from whatever financial assistance they receive, as they may not have the resources necessary to help students reach their full potential.