The state Department of Education has awarded a $2.5 million grant to support a program that coaches principals in high-needs schools.
The program will be run through the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Leadership and Learning Center for about 30 months. The contract is funded by part of the state's $119 million Race to the Top grant.
Twenty schools will begin the program this year. Next year, another 20 will be part of it. The participants in the program are selected by district and charter leaders.
Three full-time "leadership coaches" will work with five schools each year, and two part-time coaches together will work with five other schools. They are required to spend about 30 hours a month in the buildings.
"We are extremely excited about this initiative," said Peter Shulman, who oversees the Teacher Leader Effectiveness Unit in the state Department of Education. "We think we have a strong partner. ... We are really looking to get a strong return on our investment."