Gates Foundation Awards $1.7 Million Leadership Development Grant to South Carolina

The has announced a $1.7 million leadership development grant to the South Carolina public school system to help provide technology training and state-of-the-art laptop computers to hundreds of school principals and district superintendents.

For the duration of the three-year grant, principals and superintendents will come together twice a year for technology training designed to help them understand how technology can be used in their schools and districts to enrich teaching and learning; how to develop a plan for utilizing resources available to them; and how to use technology to make data-driven decisions. Along with the training, each principal and superintendent will receive a laptop computer.

"This effort will be a perfect addition to our initiatives already under way aimed at recognizing and rewarding our schools' leaders," said South Carolina superintendent of education Inez Tenenbaum. "I appreciate the foundation's understanding of this critical issue and its willingness to step forward and ensure that South Carolina's system for training principals and superintendents is among the most comprehensive in the country."

The grant is part of the Seattle-based foundation's State Challenge Grants for Leadership Development program, which aims to provide every principal and superintendent in public and private schools with access to quality leadership development focused on systems change and technology integration by 2003.