Hillsborough district shares in Principal Pipeline grant
Now entering its second full year of the Gates-funded Empowering Effective Teachers project, the Hillsborough County school district also has been awarded $12.5-million to recruit and develop principals.
The district is one of six to share in $75-million over five years from the New York-based Wallace Foundation. There is also a research component, as the foundation will seek to determine whether its "Principal Pipeline" approach improves student achievement, especially in high-need schools.
Selected from a pool of 90 candidates, the six districts also include those in Denver and New York City.
"We’re very excited about it," Superintendent MaryEllen Elia told the Hillsborough School Board on Tuesday, pointing out that the project coincides with an expansion of the Gates effort.
"The important thing is, these are not separate entities," she said. "They are all part of our agenda to improve not only the work and the support for teachers, but also the work and the support for principals."