The Laura and John Arnold Foundation recently awarded $6 million to the HISD Foundation to support its goal of having an effective teacher in every classroom.
The grant, provided over the next five years, will support the first core initiative of HISD’s Strategic Direction. The HISD Board of Education accepted the funds at its regular meeting on Sept. 16.
“We are grateful to the Laura and John Arnold Foundation for its valuable contribution, which will enable the district to take bold steps toward transforming our human capital processes and procedures and realizing the Board of Education’s goal of increasing achievement for our more than 202,000 students,” said HISD Superintendent Terry B. Grier.
HISD will partner with The New Teacher Project (TNTP), a national nonprofit organization founded by teachers, to implement a five-year transformational plan. The funds will enable HISD to improve teacher recruitment and selection systems, design a new teacher appraisal system, devise stronger teacher professional development programs and create career pathways within the district for teachers.
“We consider this partnership between TNTP and HISD to transform its human capital system to be the most significant work a school district can undertake,” said Marina Walne, Executive Director for Education at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. “We are confident that it will result in HISD attracting, developing and retaining highly effective teachers who can close the achievement gap.”