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Wallace Foundation Aims To Help School Leaders Get Better, Donates $30 Million

Fourteen school systems around the country, including the District and Prince George’s County, will receive grants totaling $30 million to improve the effectiveness of unsung middle managers in large urban districts — those who supervise principals.

The five-year program, funded by the Wallace Foundation, is designed to help improve management in sprawling school bureaucracies. The grants will allow school districts to restructure workloads so that supervisors have fewer principals to manage, more time to spend in schools and more ability to focus on mentoring and solving problems with their principals, said Jody Spiro, director of education leadership at Wallace.

The average supervisor — sometimes called assistant superintendents, instructional coaches or zone supervisors — oversees 24 principals, Spiro said.