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.