Lilly Endowment Awards $3.4 Million for Teacher Recruitment, Training

Indianapolis-based Mind Trust has announced a two-year, $3.42 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to recruit and train teachers to work in the city's high-need schools.

To that end, Mind Trust will re-grant $2 million to the Indianapolis office of Teach for America; $1.02 million to TNTP (formerly known as the New Teacher Project) to train mid-career professionals in other fields to become classroom teachers; and $400,000 to the Indianapolis Principal Fellowship to recruit and train, in partnership with Columbia University's Teachers College, up to ten teachers a year to become public school administrators.

With the latest grant, the endowment has committed more than $14 million to Mind Trust in support of education reform efforts.

"Excellent teachers and school leaders are crucial to student success and this grant will go a long way toward continuing to bring the best and brightest educators to Indianapolis' public schools," said Mind Trust founder and CEO David Harris. "Lilly Endowment has once again demonstrated its commitment to improving education in Indianapolis for all students, and we are grateful to the Endowment for its support and vision."