AASA Awarded Grant by The Wallace Foundation to Bolster Education Leadership in Nation’s Schools


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – August 27, 2013 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from The Wallace Foundation to support programs and activities aimed at improving instructional leadership in schools systems throughout the nation.

The grant is a key component of Wallace’s education leadership initiative to develop, test and share useful approaches for the training of education leaders in an effort to raise student achievement, especially in low-income areas. The Foundation pays particular attention to school districts, which play a crucial role in seeking to cultivate first-rate principals for their schools, partnering with training programs, setting new hiring standards and encouraging on-the-job mentorship for new principals.

As part of the initiative, AASA will disseminate Wallace-commissioned research and related resources focused on education leadership to its membership and other followers. AASA will also participate in a professional learning community supporting Wallace’s $75 million Principal Pipeline Initiative, a program to help urban school districts develop a larger corps of effective school principals.

“Talent-rich leadership is an essential factor in increasing teaching and learning excellence in our schools,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “This generous support is an illustration of how we are working together to grow stronger school systems and, ultimately, advance academic success for our students.”

“Effective leadership and district involvement is essential when it comes to preparing and supporting principals for the demands of the job,” said Jessica Schwartz, senior communications officer, The Wallace Foundation. “We are pleased to support this partnership between our two organizations, because AASA is dedicated to advancing district-based leadership across the country.”

For additional information on the AASA-The Wallace Foundation partnership, please visit the AASA website. For additional knowledge resources on education leadership, please visit the Wallace Knowledge Center.


About The Wallace Foundation

The Wallace Foundationis an independent, national foundation dedicated to supporting and sharing effective ideas and practices that expand learning and enrichment opportunities for children. The Foundation maintains an online library of lessons at www.wallacefoundation.org about what it has learned, including knowledge from its current efforts aimed at: strengthening educational leadership to improve student achievement; helping disadvantaged students gain more time for learning through summer learning and an extended school day and year; enhancing out-of-school time opportunities; and building appreciation and demand for the arts.

About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org. Follow AASA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AASAHQ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AASApage. Information on AASA Children’s Programs on Twitter @AASATotalChild.