Principals of Delaware high-need schools to get specialized training

    Delaware is making training available for principals at schools where good leadership is most needed.

    Funding from Delaware’s Race to the Top federal grant is allowing for personalized training of principals from leadership coaches, with experience in turning schools around. 

    “This support is customized to meet the needs of our principals,” Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Lillian Lowery said.  “These coaches will help us ensure our highest-need schools have our strongest school leaders.” 

    The state has entered into a 30-month contract with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Leadership and Learning Center to provide the training, at a cost of $2.5 million. 

    “Delaware is becoming an international leader in education, and the Leadership and Learning Center is proud to be part of this ground-breaking work,” center founder Dr. Douglas Reeves said.  “We are helping Delaware build capacity for sustained improvement long after Race to the Top funds have been exhausted.” 

    Coaches and principals at a total of 40 schools will work together for 12 months, followed by six months of continuing support. 

    Delaware was one of two states chosen in the first round of the competitive Race to the Top federal education reform initiative.  The state is receiving $119 million dollars.

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