August 3, 2022

FAU Receives $1 Million Equity in Educational Performance Grant

The College of Education School Leaders Program at Florida Atlantic University has received a three-year, $1,039,041 grant from Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) to support two graduate programs as part of the initiative to Teacher School Leader Equity for Instructional Performance (EQUIP) grant project. . BCPS is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in Florida.

Although BCPS has won many accolades and enjoyed past successes in fulfilling its mission and providing a high quality education to its diverse student body, there are still opportunities for significant growth and development throughout the course. a career continuum.

Through EQUIP, BCPS has partnered with FAU, St. Thomas University, and Broward College to improve student achievement at 20 high-need schools in the district through improved pay-based system system (PBCS) and the district-wide human capital management system (HCMS). These schools were selected based on high poverty rates, student diversity levels, academic needs, and the presence of an administrative team that was enthusiastic about participating in the grant. The ultimate goal is to increase student achievement in selected schools in need by supporting the professional growth and diversity of the teaching workforce.

“EQUIP seeks to support the professional growth of teachers and school leaders and to improve the district’s ability to recruit more diverse, highly qualified, and highly effective teachers and school leaders and to reward those who enhance growth and performance of their students,” said Daniel. Reyes-Guerra, Ph.D., School Leaders Program Coordinator and Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology. “EQUIP will also support human capital initiatives focused on preparing, retaining and advancing educators.”

Expanding the partnership between BCPS and FAU’s Academic Leadership Program, FAU will develop two graduate programs comprising a cohort of 13 doctoral students. students and a cohort of 20 master’s students in educational leadership. For the doctorate. program, EQUIP will offer three principals, working with EQUIP schools, five principals and seven vice principals, an opportunity to earn a doctorate in educational leadership with a focus on turnaround leadership, diversity, social-emotional learning and equitable leadership. This program will provide broad research and practice-based experiences that will enable educational leaders to bring many different perspectives to the organizational issues and opportunities they encounter in these most challenging schools. Participants who complete this program will be scholar-practitioners with PhDs. in the educational direction.

FAU will base the EQUIP master’s degree on the nationally recognized School Leaders Program curriculum currently used in university-district partnerships in school districts in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Osceola counties. The program will be customized to prepare school leaders with an emphasis on “turnaround” school leadership and meeting the needs of underserved students, with an emphasis on cultural competency as instructional leaders. During the grant period, teachers from each of the 20 participating schools will receive scholarships to complete the program; in exchange, they will agree to serve at a BCPS school in need for five years.

The master’s program will include three years of job-integrated professional learning. Upon completion of all requirements and graduation, participants will earn Florida Level 1 Certification in Educational Leadership, complete all BCPS professional development requirements, and be eligible to interview for an assistant principal position.

FAU is the most racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse institution in the Florida State University system. FAU is also a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and its First Generation Student Success Program is recognized statewide.