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Paulding Race to the Top grant promotes high school leadership
by Savannah Weeks
sweeks@neighbornewspapers.com
September 20, 2012 10:55 AM | 1232 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Teachers and principals at Paulding County high schools will receive leadership training through the help of an Innovation Fund grant, created through Georgia’s Race to the Top plan.

Paulding County will receive about $10,000 to train each principal, assistant principal and a few selected teachers from four high schools in Paulding County as a part of Community Partnership for a Quality Pipeline of Effective High School Leaders, according to Susan Browning, executive director of secondary schools in Paulding County.

A total of nine leaders, including principals, will attend the program from four high schools in the county.

“It is a preparation pipeline for leaders,” said Browning.

Browning said this training would ultimately greatly benefit students, as well.

“We are working toward making every student college- and career-ready,” said Browning. “You can’t do that without successful leaders. This training will also give us some sustainable pipelines for future teachers.”

The only high school that will not send teachers or administrators to the classes is Paulding County High School, because it is already participating in a similar program, according to Browning.

The $10,000 will be spent on travel expenses, substitute costs and other costs associated with the five or six meetings and training sessions the teachers and administrators will participate in throughout the year.

Gov. Nathan Deal recently announced Paulding County schools as among nine winners of the grants, which are part of a $19.4 million competitive grant program.

Through the Innovation Fund, the state awards grants to partnerships between local education authorities or charter schools, institutions of higher education, businesses and nonprofit organizations that develop or implement innovative and high-impact programs aimed at producing positive outcomes for students, according to the governor’s office.
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