2013 Educational Leadership Grants


School Name

 


Grant Amount

Match

Grant Purpose

Castilleja School   



$250,000

1:1

To design, implement, study and share a cutting-edge Partnership for 21st Century Assessment.  This Partnership will support Castilleja and fellow independent schools as we foster curricular and programmatic innovation, engage in authentic assessment of experiential learning and 21st century skills, collaborate with peer institutions to share results and formulate best practice for the academic community.

St. Johnsbury Academy


$250,000

1:1

To provide a Summer Job Corps so that every rising 8th grader in St. Johnsbury gets a work-like experience in which they learn how to succeed in college and the workplace, including financial management, essential job skills, teamwork, entrepreneurial skills, and goal-setting.

The Taft School



$250,000

1:1

To create and develop the Center for Global Leadership and Service programs, including: Mentorship Programs, the Global Leadership Institute and a Service Learning course that provides an opportunity for Taft and Waterbury students to serve and learn together.

Washington International School

$250,000

1:1

To host annually a one-week summer institute to provide professional development for educators from District of Columbia Public Schools and local public charter, parochial and independent schools.  The institute will have an explicit focus on effective ways to build a culture of thinking in schools that aim to educate for global competence.

We are well into the current century and it is clear the educational landscape continues to change rapidly and dramatically. Many of the issues faced today were not even on the radar a mere ten years ago. This new reality has created many new challenges with respect to students, faculty, curriculum and schools in general. Unfortunately, it seems that too often the difficult economic conditions that we have all faced in recent years have caused some of the best, most forward thinking ideas to be put on the back-burner in favor of fiscal belt-tightening.

With this group of Edward E. Ford Educational Leadership Grants, we hope to support that next big idea that will help schools take on these new challenges and define what it means to be an effective educational institution. Though not required, we would encourage you to explore new partnerships, or broaden or enhance existing ones. Even if your proposal does not involve partnerships, it should clearly have a reach beyond your own school and include a plan for sharing the initiative with other schools. No one knows better the challenges faced in educating America's youth today than the leadership of our schools, and with these grants, we hope that we are able to help you think boldly and imaginatively as you develop creative responses to the most pressing issues that you see.