I am so honored to have received this grant and I am excited to begin implementing grant activities this year! I truly believe in the power of teacher leadership and I am confident that an intentional focus on improving sustainability in co-teaching practices will improve the school experiences of teachers and students alike!
Minneapolis Teacher Awarded Grant to Support Leadership Project
Contact: Ross Romano, ASCD, (703) 575-5607, firstname.lastname@example.org
ASCD announced this summer that Ashley Karlsson, an English language teacher at Washburn High School in Minneapolis, is one of 17 teachers nationwide to 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. Karlsson’s grant award is $15,000.
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. 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. Teacher Impact Grants are administered by ASCD and financially supported by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Grants will be distributed in August and each project will be planned and executed during the 2016-17 academic year. Karlsson’s project will provide opportunities for teachers to learn new strategies for collaborative instruction by observing other co-teachers in action, engaging in professional learning through conferences and research-based readings, and dedicating time to establish and reflect on co-teaching relationships.
Each project is targeted toward two specific strategic goals. Karlsson’s goals are: (1) motivating and mentoring new educators through leadership opportunities and collaboration with fellow educators; and (2) leveraging teacher leadership opportunities and structures for recruiting and retaining talented and highly effective educators.
The awardees will receive ongoing support from ASCD staff and will provide detailed progress updates each quarter. Learn about all 17 awardees and projects at www.ascd.org/teacherimpactgrants. 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.