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    Education Secretary Duncan Announces $9.2 Million for 14 School Leadership Grants

    Here's some info on New Leaders for New Schools, new grant recipient from the US Department of Education.

    Jon Schnur is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of New Leaders for New Schools; Special Assistant to Secretary of Education Richard Riley, President Clinton's White House Associate Director for Educational Policy; Senior Advisor on Education to Vice President Gore; advisor to President Barack Obama, he played a pivotal role in writing the federal stimulus plan for schools. He spearheaded the development of many educational policies in such areas as teacher recruitment and training, after-school programs, school reform and charter schools.

    Princeton graduate 1989 (classmate of Wendy Kopp); New Leaders for New Schools was founded in 2000, emerging from the business plan written by Schnur while taking coursework at the Graduate School of Education, the Business School and John F. Kennedy School of Government.

    Jon Schnur is to Race to the Top what Sandy Kress was to No Child Left Behind. Andnow the feds are giving his outfit a bucket of money. True, it's not as much as The Gates and Broad Foundations have chipped in, but not chump change either. The real chumps here are the taxpayers and the people who support public schools.

    Schnur Notable Comment: [Having] more Teach For America corps members who stay in education in some way and continue to play significant leadership rolesâwhether at the classroom level, the principal level, the school-system levelâ and devote years and years of their lives in order to help build the capacity of our school systems and communities to deliver a great education for kids, is really crucial.--Gotham Schools, May 1, 2009

    Top Supporters:

    $2,000,000 and Above

    ⢠Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    ⢠The Broad Foundation
    ⢠Carnegie Corporation of New York
    ⢠The Hyde Family Foundations
    ⢠Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
    ⢠The Noyce Foundation
    ⢠The Pearson Foundation

    $500,000 to $1,999,999

    ⢠Cisco Systems, Inc
    ⢠Mr. Domenic & Mrs. Molly Ferrante
    ⢠Doris and Donald Fisher Fund
    ⢠The Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation
    ⢠The Joyce Foundation
    ⢠JP Morgan Chase
    ⢠Kirkland & Ellis, LLP
    ⢠Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education
    ⢠New Profit, Inc.
    ⢠Newark Charter School Fund, Inc.
    ⢠Schwab Foundation
    ⢠The Walton Family Foundation

    Board of Directors

    Josh Bekenstein, Managing Director, Bain Capital, LLC

    Christopher M. Chadwick, President, Boeing Military Aircraft Integrated Defense System

    Domenic Ferrante, Managing Director, Bain Capital, LLC

    Barbara Hyde, President, J.R. Hyde III Family Foundation

    S. Joshua Lewis (Board Chair), Founder & Managing Partner, Salmon River Capital

    Julie Mikuta, Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund

    Ted Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer, NewSchools Venture Fund

    Jonathan Schnur, CEO & Co-Founder, New Leaders for New Schools

    Naomi O. Seligman, Senior Partner, Ostriker von Simson, Inc.

    LaVerne Srinivasan, President, New Leaders for New Schools

    Press Release

    Jane Glickman, (202) 401-1307, jane.glickman@ed.gov

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of $9.2 million for 14 awards to improve the leadership and effectiveness of current and aspiring principals and assistant principals in high-need school districts. Grants will be used to develop and expand innovative programs to recruit, train, and provide professional development opportunities for principals.

    "An effective principal serves as the catalyst for significant school improvement," Duncan said. "These grants will help school leaders hone the wide range of skills needed to be a strong principal who can inspire teachers and have a positive impact on instructional practices that lead to improved learning outcomes."

    The five-year grants were awarded to six school districts, three non-profit organizations, and five universities in 12 states: California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

    Grantees will use funds for a variety of activities to promote effective leadership in high-need school districts, such as stipends to principals who mentor new principals, financial incentives to aspiring new principals, training specific to a charter school environment, use of school-based data to develop turnaround practices, and tracking student achievement data.

    More than 950 principals and aspiring principals are expected to be served by these 14 grants. An additional $20 million is being awarded this year for 29 continuation grants that began in 2008 and 2009. Funded since 2002, the School Leadership program has helped to certify more than 1,260 principals and assistant principals, to place 633 principals and assistant principals, and provide professional development services to over 5,700 participants.


    Long Beach Unified School District; Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill; Kristi A. Kahl, (562) 997-8291 or kkahl@lbschools.net; $647,674

    California State University Dominguez Hills; Los Angeles; Ann Chlebicki, (310) 243-2517 or achelebicki@csudh.edu; $1,347,605

    California League of Middle Schools; Compton; Irvin Howard, 562-430-3236 or stwcal@aol.com; $444,460


    School Board of Miami-Dade County; Iraida R. Mendez-Cartaya, 305-995-1497 or imendez@dadeschools.net; $744,558


    East St. Louis Public School District 189; Princess Hayes, 618-646-3048 or phayes@stclair.k12.il.us; $446,550


    Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo; Van Cooley, 269-387-3891 or van.cooley@wmich.edu; $688,732


    Saint Paul Public Schools; Kate Wilcox-Harris, 651-744-1367 or kate.wilcox-harris@spps.org; $638,305


    North Mississippi Education Consortium; University; Susan Rucker, 662-701-8150 or srucker@ncee.org; $929,816


    Albuquerque Public Schools; Debbie Hamilton, 505-252-1017or hamilton_deb@aps.edu; $620,300


    New Leaders for New Schools; New York City; Shane Mulhern, 646-792-1074 or smulhern@nlns.org; $616,474


    Lehigh University; Allentown; George White, 610-758-3262 or gpw1@lehigh.edu; $481,016


    Winthrop University, Rock Hill; Mark Mitchell, 803-323-4726 or mitchellm@winthrop.edu; $749,972


    Memphis City Schools (MCS); Tommie McCarter, 901-416-6464 or mccartert@mcsk12.net; $593,172


    Hampton University; Norfolk, Michael L. McIntosh, 757-637-2426 or michael.mcintosh@hampton.edu; $322,489

    — Press Release
    US Department of Education


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