Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has announced the state is awarding more than $1 million in Principal Pipeline Partnership grants to support leadership models that develop or improve innovative and high-impact school leader programs.
The Warren County School System is receiving the grant for four years at $125,000 per year.
The nine principal pipeline models that have been approved for funding will train a total of 160 aspiring school leaders using federal Title II, part A funds.
Tennessee is the first state in the country to lead a comprehensive approach to developing transformational school leaders, with multiple programs aligning to evidence-based, promising practices and a unique statewide focus on strengthening the leadership pipeline. The department's goal is to ensure transformational principal leadership pipelines are launched and supported in every region so that the new leader openings each year in Tennessee – usually around 260-270 – have strong candidates ready to be hired.
"Great leaders build great schools. Principals are a critical lever in improving student achievement and supporting teacher development – and they set the tone that leads to success," McQueen said. "These grants allow us to provide support for high-impact pipeline programs, developing strong school leaders who will guide our educators and students to better outcomes. We will now have strong pipelines in every region that can supply more than two-thirds of the state's principal openings each year."