AFT Educational Foundation Wins Federal Innovation Grant

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The AFT Educational Foundation has won a $5 million competitive Investing in Innovation (i3) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to implement bold and comprehensive teacher development and evaluation systems in New York and Rhode Island.

"Winning this grant validates our work as innovators and clearly demonstrates that we are leaders in education reform," says AFT president Randi Weingarten. "The i3 funds will allow us to expand our current efforts to build evaluation systems that help develop great teachers with the support and resources they need and to help boost student achievement."

The AFTEF's winning proposal focused on the Educator Evaluation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (E3TL) Consortium, which was jointly formed by the New York State United Teachers and the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers. The purpose of the consortium is to assist districts with implementation of the performance-based teacher development and evaluation systems that were designed with startup funding provided by an AFT Innovation Fund grant. The E3TL Consortium will work in 10 districts across the two states.

"Strong teacher development and evaluation systems are critical to ensuring every public school has a great teaching and learning environment that is provided by good teachers and supported by good leaders," Weingarten says. "This grant will help New York and Rhode Island forge ahead with their groundbreaking teacher development and evaluations models that will help support and develop excellent teachers for our children." [AFT press release]

August 5, 2010