UConn Receives $1.9 Million for Consortium:
Grant to Benefit Connecticut's Schools
By Janice Palmer, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- Gov. John G. Rowland today announced that the
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded nearly $2 million
to the University of Connecticut's Neag School of Education, on
behalf of a statewide education consortium. The grant will support
professional development for more than 1,600 superintendents and
principals in Connecticut's public and private schools.
The Connecticut Consortium for Technology Integration in School
Leadership was established to strengthen student learning across
Connecticut by providing school administrators with access to
quality leadership development. The group developed a three-year
program for improving administrators' proficiency in using
technology to facilitate change, make informed data-driven
decisions, and enhance the quality of teaching and learning in
"The Neag School of Education again has taken a leadership
role in bringing a substantial grant to the state which will
benefit our school leaders as well as our teachers and
students," said Rowland. "Connecticut, a state known for
its excellent schools, must remain in the forefront nationally, and
to do this we need strong effective leadership to meet the
challenges of the 21st century. This program, aided by
the Gates Foundation grant, will enable us to support our
principals and superintendents by supplying them with the tools and
resources they need to address what has become a fast-paced,
"We applaud this initiative! The Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation is committed to providing the tools needed to strengthen
leadership in our schools and we are thrilled that Connecticut
shares this mission," said Tom Vander Ark, executive director
of education at the foundation.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant is part of the
foundation's State Challenge Grants for Leadership Development
program, available to all states, which aims to provide every
principal and superintendent in public and private schools with
access to quality leadership development focused on system change
and technology integration by 2003.
"Service to the larger community is at the core of a public
university's mission," said UConn President Philip E.
Austin. "This exciting program will bring the Neag School of
Education's resources to bear in strengthening K-12 education
across Connecticut. The support of the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation represents a strong endorsement of our
Richard Schwab, dean of the Neag School, is a nationally
recognized leader in the use of technology for school improvement.
He has long advocated the need for technology training and
professional development for teachers and school leaders.
"Wiring our schools for advanced technology is not enough.
We thank the Gates Foundation for this valuable opportunity to
provide the vital resources our principals and superintendents need
to master the use of technology themselves, and advance its use as
an informational and instructional tool," said Schwab.
Edward Iwanicki, head of the Neag School's educational
leadership department, spearheaded the effort to secure the Gates
Foundation grant. Other members of the consortium include: the
Connecticut Department of Education Division of School Improvement,
the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, the
Connecticut Association of Schools, the Alliance of Regional
Education Centers, the Connecticut Commission on Technology, and
the Connecticut Department of Information Technology.
The consortium members have matched the Gates Foundation grant
with another $2.8 million to bring the total committed to the
project to just over $4.8 million.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to
improving people's lives by sharing advances in health and
learning with the global community, and to sharing the promise of
new technologies with all citizens. Led by Bill Gates' father,
William H. Gates Sr., and Patty Stonesifer, the Seattle-based
foundation has an asset base of $21 billion.
For more information about the Connecticut Consortium for
Technology Integration in School Leadership, go to http://www.edlr.uconn.edu/gates.htm.
November 2001 Releases