The Foundation for Education Administration has been awarded a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education under the School Leadership Program which supports the development enhancement and expansion of innovative programs to recruit train and mentor principals and assistant principals for high-need schools and districts. FEA is one of 20 organizations nationwide to earn this funding including school districts institutes of higher education and non-profit organizations.
“There are no great schools without great principals and teachers” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. “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.”
NJPSA Executive Director Pat Wright was thrilled to hear the exciting news. “I am delighted to learn that FEA has been awarded this funding” she said. “This will not only allow us to expand our outstanding programs such as NJ EXCEL Leader to Leader and our professional development offerings but it also validates what we have known for a long time that FEA is the pre-eminent New Jersey organization for training educational leaders.”
“Through this grant we will be able to support school districts in building instructional leadership in a way that enhances teacher practice and ultimately raises student achievement” Wright continued. The grant will be paid out over five years and can be used for a variety of activities to promote effective leadership.