The Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds Launch Ventures in Leadership Grant Program to Support School Leadership Innovation

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds

    NEW YORK, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds
 announced the establishment of Ventures in Leadership, a fast-track grant
 program designed to support innovative, effective ideas to improve education
 leadership in a wide range of communities.
     From April through December 2001, the Wallace Funds will award about
 50 grants, ranging from $5,000-$50,000 each, to public schools, colleges,
 universities and other non-profit, tax-exempt community-based organizations
 with ideas to improve school leadership.  Grant recipients will have up to two
 years to complete work on their leadership idea and report on results. The
 goal is to offer a broad array of organizations the means to test innovative,
 practical ideas about strengthening school leadership that have the potential
 of informing others in the field.
     Applications must be submitted electronically and are only available on
 the Funds' website, at http://www.wallacefunds.org.  Directions on completing
 the application and details on eligibility and program goals are also
 available on the Funds' website.
     "Ventures in Leadership allows us to support exciting new ideas about
 school leadership from many types of organizations quickly and easily," said
 Mary Lee Fitzgerald, director of education programs at the Funds.  "This
 information will help us to propel and expand the local and national dialogue
 about how to develop effective leadership that improves student learning."
 An example of the type of idea that might qualify for funding is the creation
 of a new web site for local principals, superintendents, civic leaders and
 non-profit organizations to foster partnerships and share professional
 development opportunities to assist their abilities to improve student
 learning.  Another example might be a local school board organizing a retreat
 to analyze the impact of district-wide policies and practices for recruiting
 and retaining superintendents and principals.
     Ventures in Leadership is part of LEADERS Count, a commitment of the
 Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds to help foster a national movement to place
 quality leadership at the core of school reform. The Funds' objectives are to
 attract and place capable candidates as principals and superintendents; to
 strengthen their abilities to improve student learning; and to create a more
 supportive climate for their efforts.
 
     The Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds seek to create opportunities for people
 to enrich themselves through better schools, enhanced community activities and
 participation in the arts.
 
 

SOURCE Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds
    NEW YORK, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds
 announced the establishment of Ventures in Leadership, a fast-track grant
 program designed to support innovative, effective ideas to improve education
 leadership in a wide range of communities.
     From April through December 2001, the Wallace Funds will award about
 50 grants, ranging from $5,000-$50,000 each, to public schools, colleges,
 universities and other non-profit, tax-exempt community-based organizations
 with ideas to improve school leadership.  Grant recipients will have up to two
 years to complete work on their leadership idea and report on results. The
 goal is to offer a broad array of organizations the means to test innovative,
 practical ideas about strengthening school leadership that have the potential
 of informing others in the field.
     Applications must be submitted electronically and are only available on
 the Funds' website, at http://www.wallacefunds.org.  Directions on completing
 the application and details on eligibility and program goals are also
 available on the Funds' website.
     "Ventures in Leadership allows us to support exciting new ideas about
 school leadership from many types of organizations quickly and easily," said
 Mary Lee Fitzgerald, director of education programs at the Funds.  "This
 information will help us to propel and expand the local and national dialogue
 about how to develop effective leadership that improves student learning."
 An example of the type of idea that might qualify for funding is the creation
 of a new web site for local principals, superintendents, civic leaders and
 non-profit organizations to foster partnerships and share professional
 development opportunities to assist their abilities to improve student
 learning.  Another example might be a local school board organizing a retreat
 to analyze the impact of district-wide policies and practices for recruiting
 and retaining superintendents and principals.
     Ventures in Leadership is part of LEADERS Count, a commitment of the
 Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds to help foster a national movement to place
 quality leadership at the core of school reform. The Funds' objectives are to
 attract and place capable candidates as principals and superintendents; to
 strengthen their abilities to improve student learning; and to create a more
 supportive climate for their efforts.
 
     The Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds seek to create opportunities for people
 to enrich themselves through better schools, enhanced community activities and
 participation in the arts.
 
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