A $6.2 million grant was awarded to San Diego State to participate in a national initiative to improve training for school principals, the university announced Thursday.
The grant was one of seven totaling $47 million from the New York-based Wallace Foundation to colleges in areas where local school districts serve large numbers of disadvantaged students.
SDSU will form partnerships with the San Diego Unified School District, Chula Vista Elementary School District and the Sweetwater Union High School District.
With the money, SDSU researchers will examine state policy and determine which procedures might be strengthened for higher-quality training.
“The support from the Wallace Foundation will allow SDSU faculty and their district partners to continue to refine and improve principal preparation,” said Doug Fisher, chairman of the Department of Educational Leadership.
“This will eventually provide thousands of students in San Diego County with school leaders who understand the complexities of leading a school and can hit the ground running,” Fisher said. “Our collaboration will directly impact students’ learning in the K-12 systems all over San Diego.”
In exchange for SDSU’s commitment to train future principals, the school districts will hire the program’s graduates.
“Our partnership with the Wallace Foundation will enhance our curriculum, help students prepare for leadership roles and support our local schools,” said SDSU President Elliot Hirshman. “We are extraordinarily proud of the efforts of our Department of Educational Leadership and the entire College of Education.”
Other universities awarded funds from the foundation were Albany State University, Florida Atlantic University, North Carolina State University, the University of Connecticut, Virginia State University and Western Kentucky University.
The colleges will deliver their findings to foundation officials, who will share them with policymakers and practitioners across the country.
—City News Service
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