The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based education nonprofit, has announced a $4.6 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation to support the growth and success of teachers, leaders, and schools in the city.
The grant will provide funding for the recently launched Relay Graduate School of Education (Relay) Teaching Residency, a two-year program that provides college graduates and career changers with an on-ramp to the teaching profession. Relay's residency format emphasizes practical experience, allowing teachers-in-training to spend significant time learning from veteran educators in the classroom.
The funds also will support Mind Trust's School Leader Fellowships, which provide school leaders looking to launch new charter schools or Innovation Network Schools with up to two years of planning time and assistance, as well as funding for upfront expenses at new schools such as furniture and equipment, website design, curriculum or textbook purchases, and the hiring of staff.
"A great education starts with great educators," said Walton Family Foundation K-12 Education program director Marc Sternberg. "The teachers and school leaders supported through the Mind Trust will help students across Indianapolis access a high-quality education that puts them on a path to a lifetime of opportunity."
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