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Our grantees are working to strengthen educator capacity and leadership
By Lisa DiMartino / August 10, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

Most students instinctively know that teachers and principals matter. Studies have shown that sustained, content-rich, and practice-focused professional learning by teachers leads to better student outcomes.

Furthermore, leadership has been identified as second only to teaching among school influences on student success—and the impact of school leaders and teachers is greatest in schools with the greatest needs. Hiring a highly effective principal may well be the most powerful and cost-effective method to improve teacher effectiveness, raise student achievement, and transform a school. Site-based professional learning and leadership development that is relevant, personalized, and job-embedded provides teachers and leaders with opportunities to learn and apply new skills aligned with research on effective practices. 

Within the educational success initiative, one strategy we are concentrating on is strengthening educator capacity and leadership. Within this strategy we have placed an emphasis on job-embedded professional development that can establish cultures of continuous achievement. We also wish to develop a teaching population that is reflective of the growing diverse student population across the state, so that kids can see themselves in their teachers.

Some examples of this work include:

Center for Leadership and Educational Equity (CLEE) runs two professional development programs for educators, the Principal Residency Network (PRN) and the Learning Leader Network (LLN). With funding from the Rhode Island Foundation CLEE has developed a new program, the Novice Principal Induction Program (NPIN) to provide support for new school principals through peer networking, individual coaching, and ongoing feedback.

Highlander Institute is testing the model they developed to implement and expand blended learning in schools across the state (through the work of early adopters and lighthouse classrooms to model best practices) to influence culturally relevant teaching and training. Partnering with Providence Public Schools, the Institute is providing classroom-based facilitation and coaching to help shape equitable educational opportunities for students to achieve at their highest levels.


Breakthrough Providence has a dual mission: to create a pathway to college for low-income, academically-motivated middle school students in Providence Public Schools and to encourage talented high school and college students to pursue careers in education. Selected Providence high school students work as Teaching Fellows over the summer, teaching middle school students English and math curriculum. This work is focused on training teachers in cultural competence from a young age, providing continued training and support, and helping high school students earn college credits for serving as Teacher Fellows. 


These grantees are working in partnership with districts to create systems of support to strengthen educator capacity and leadership at all levels to make certain educators have the tools and resources to ensure educational success for every student.

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