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$2.95M for principals – Training for every school

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A state leadership program for North Carolina principals and superintendents the ins and outs of classroom technology will receive $2.95 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to expand its focus on classroom technology, The News & Observer in Raleigh reports.

Molly Corbett Broad, president of the University of North Carolina system, announced Thursday that the grant will be used by the university-led principals’ executive program to reach virtually all of the state’s 2,000 principals and superintendents over the next three years. 

The four-day program is designed to help administrators lead their districts through a number of issues: how to plan for technology use, how to support teachers through staff development and how to evaluate the application of technology in their schools.

“We’re focusing on classic leadership issues, but specifically how they relate to technology,” Sheila Cory, director of technology for the Principal’s Executive Program, told the N&O.

So far, 23 principals have completed a 10-day program with a similar focus.

The grant, which requires a one-to-one match, is part of a $350 million, three-year commitment by the Gates Foundation to classroom improvements.

“North Carolina has had a long-standing commitment to strengthening its school leadership core,” Tom Vander Ark, executive director of the foundation’s education initiative, said in a prepared statement. “The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is excited to be a partner in expanding and advancing this leadership development program.”

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