The Walton Family Foundation has announced grants totaling $20 million in support of efforts to develop, retain, and increase diversity in the teaching ranks nationwide.
Grants were awarded in support of teacher training programs, leadership development initiatives, and strategies designed to advance diversity in the teaching ranks. Grant recipients include the Bank Street Graduate School of Education in New York City, which will use the funds to expand its Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages residency program; Profound Gentlemen in Charlotte, North Carolina, which will use its grant to expand coaching and programming for male educators of color; and the NewSchools Venture Fund in Oakland, California, which is launching a $3.5 million funding opportunity focused on diversifying the PK-12 teaching profession.
"Access to a great education can be life changing," said Alice Walton in an open letter recently published in The New York Times Magazine. "For decades, the Walton Family Foundation has supported innovative approaches to education. Of the many things we've learned over the years, this truth stands out: A great education begins with a great teacher."
"Across the country, teachers are working to change the world for and with our young people," said Sydney Chafee, a teacher at Codman Academy Charter School in Dorchester, Massachusetts, who in 2017 was named National Teacher of the Year. "It's essential that this work is sustainable and attractive to diverse, talented, and passionate educators."