Washington state has received a $15 million, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education grant to help develop teacher leaders, particularly those in high needs schools.
The Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant is designed for teachers who have earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
“I’m proud of the work that went into Washington being part of this grant,” state superintendent of public instruction Randy Dorn said in a news release. “I’m a supporter of the National Board, in part because I think every student should have access to a great teacher. The grant will help bring us closer to that goal.”
Washington has 6,817 National Board-certified teachers, and nearly a quarter of them work in high-needs schools.
The grant will be used by districts and state recipients to set shared goals and develop strategies to address common problems.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement Teaching and the American Institutes for Research are partners in the project. Three other states and school districts in Albuquerque and San Francisco also received the funding.