Educational Leadership Department Selected for $ 47 Million Initiative | Information Center

SDSU is one of seven universities chosen to help design a program that aims to prepare aspiring directors for their careers.

“Our partnership with the Wallace Foundation will enhance our curriculum, help students prepare for leadership roles and support our local schools. ”

San Diego State University has been selected to participate in a $ 47 million national initiative to improve training programs for future principals. The New York-based Wallace Foundation grant will bring $ 6.2 million to SDSU over the next four years.

The grant will allow SDSU researchers to examine state policy and determine what procedures could be strengthened for better quality training. The Wallace Foundation will capture the lessons of SDSU and other participating universities and share them with policy makers and practitioners across the country.

“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 San Diego County students with school leaders who understand the intricacies of running a school and can get started right away. Our collaboration will have a direct impact on student learning in K-12 systems across San Diego. ”

SDSU will partner with the San Diego Unified School District, Chula Vista Elementary School District, and Sweetwater Union High School District. In return for SDSU’s commitment to train future principals, school districts will hire graduates from the program.

“Our partnership with the Wallace Foundation will enhance our curriculum, help students prepare for leadership roles and support our local schools,” said the SDSU President. Elliot Hirshman. “We are extremely proud of the efforts of our Education Leadership Department and the entire College of Education. “

The Wallace Foundation selected university programs that serve districts with large numbers of disadvantaged students, whose schools could benefit most from effective school leadership. The selection process included site visits and assistance from experts in public policy and education.

“This grant is proof of both the quality of SDSU’s Educational Leadership program and our continued commitment to strengthening the program in a way that influences great teaching and learning in our local school districts,” said Joseph johnson, Dean of the College of Education.

SDSU was selected with the following six universities: Albany State University, Florida Atlantic University, North Carolina State University, University of Connecticut, Virginia State University, and Western Kentucky University.

The seven universities will review their policies relating to the training of senior academics and determine whether changes – such as program accreditation and the licensing or certification requirements of principals – would encourage the development of more effective preparation programs across the region. State.

“We know from research that principals need great training with high quality hands-on experiences to become effective leaders, but most just don’t get that,” said Will miller, President of the Wallace Foundation. “Because many school districts do not have the capacity to train as many principals as they need or to train future principals, the best way to reach more future principals is to follow university programs which generally provide the necessary certification. ”

RAND Corporation will conduct an independent evaluation of the four-year initiative and publish a final report in the fifth year. The study will assess how participating universities are attempting to implement high quality study programs and what they are doing to form strong partnerships with local school districts. A series of public reports will share lessons and ideas from the research and highlight credible models that emerge so that other universities, districts and states can embrace the work of the initiative.

Janice G. Ball