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W.K. Kellogg Foundation announces two-year investment in New Orleans Education
Leading Educators Receives $396,000 Commitment from WKKF in support of Teacher Leaders in Orleans Parish
NEW ORLEANS, LA - October 7, 2016
Leading Educators has received a $396,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) to support the instructional leadership development of teacher leaders across Orleans Parish over the next two years.
Leading Educators works to ensure that all children have a fair chance to succeed in school, work, and life. Leading Educators raises the academic achievement of students by developing teachers to take on leadership roles within their schools, thereby expanding the influence of these highly effective teachers. Leading Educators also collaborates with schools and school districts that serve economically disadvantaged students to maximize the leadership development of mid-career teachers, which ultimately improves the quality of teaching and learning in schools. This approach, and the impact of this grant, yields high student achievement, helps schools retain great teachers, and bolsters the principal talent pipeline.
“Preparing early- to mid-career teachers for success in leadership roles will help New Orleans’ schools retain effective teachers, which is critical to raising the quality of instruction and increasing student achievement, thus impacting students’ success in school and in life,” said Rhea Williams-Bishop, director of New Orleans programs at the Kellogg Foundation.
The grant from WKKF will benefit the students of teacher leaders from Orleans Parish who are enrolled in Leading Educators' 2015 and 2016 fellowship cohort. These teacher leaders serve in open-enrollment schools where more than 85% of students receive free or reduced priced meals. The 33 Orleans Parish teacher leaders currently enrolled in Leading Educators' programs support over 260 teachers and impact over 7,500 students in grades preK-12.
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About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.
About Leading Educators
Leading Educators raises the academic achievement of students by developing teachers to take on leadership roles within their schools. Incorporated as a 501(c)3 organization in 2011, Leading Educators is the only national program that exclusively supports the leadership and management development of teacher leaders. Using teacher leadership as a vehicle, Leading Educators is building a nationwide movement to ensure all students have the opportunity to succeed in school and life.