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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2016
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ALEXANDRIA, VA—ASCD announced today that 17 teachers will receive the first-ever ASCD Teacher Impact Grants, which will directly fund teacher leadership initiatives to drive transformation and improve student outcomes. The Teacher Impact Grants, which were announced at a White House ceremony in May, are the first of their kind in the United States, and reflect the growing movement across the country of empowering teachers in the classroom to play a more central role in transforming the teaching profession. Each of the awardees—who hail from 14 different states—is a teacher leader who spends at least 50 percent of his or her time in a classroom setting. The grant awards range from $5,000 to $15,000.
The program is part of Teach to Lead, an initiative jointly convened by the U.S. Department of Education, ASCD, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The Teacher Impact Grants are administered by ASCD and financially supported by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and Carnegie Corporation of New York.
"It is incredibly exciting to be one of the few nonprofit organizations in the country to be directly funding teachers in the classroom," said Deborah S. Delisle, ASCD Executive Director and CEO. "Teachers across the country are hungry for opportunities to lead, and given the right resources and support, we know they can transform learning experiences and change students' lives."
There were 580 applications submitted and the winning proposals were selected through a peer review process completed by a panel of current and former classroom teachers associated with ASCD, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and the U.S. Department of Education.
Grants will be distributed in August and each project will be planned and executed during the 2016–17 academic year. Winning projects include a schoolwide initiative to build capacity for sustainable co-teaching practices; a project to create purposeful home-school connections that empower parents to take an active role in their child's education; and a mentorship program for experienced music teachers to provide guidance to newer music instructors.
Each project is targeted to two specific strategic goals, and some of the most common goals include identifying teacher leaders to build the solutions necessary to change and strengthen the profession; asking teacher leaders to embrace and lead necessary reform change; and empowering teacher leaders to collaborate with administrators to develop distributive leadership. Learn about all 17 awardees and projects at www.ascd.org/teacherimpactgrants.
The awardees will receive ongoing support from ASCD staff and will provide detailed progress updates each quarter.
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Andrea von Biberstein
Sandy Springs, GA
Visit www.ascd.org/teacherleadership to learn more about ASCD's commitment to teacher leadership and to find useful resources. To learn more about the Teach to Lead initiative, which aims to cultivate the expertise of teachers to drive transformation in schools, districts, and states, including the development of policies that affect teacher work and student learning, visit www.teachtolead.org.
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