Hendrix College today announced receiving a $20,000 state grant to support a charter school leadership training program. This effort was kicked off by a $20,000 grant to Hendrix from, who else, the country's biggest advocate of charter schools, the Walton Family Foundation. News release on the jump.
Now if somebody would just underwrite an independent program to assess charter schools, as opposed to a University of Walton-Fayetteville department that owes its existence to the same pocketbook.
James Jennings, chair of the Hendrix Education Department, will direct the institute that is designed for Arkansans who currently hold charter school leadership positions or who are interested in becoming a charter school leader.
The institute will offer a series of seven monthly educational sessions on the Hendrix campus on Saturday mornings for charter school leaders. The first session on school climate will be on Oct. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the
There is no charge for registration, which is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is available online at www.hendrix.edu/charterleadership. An institute certificate will be given to participants who complete all of the content area sessions. An online forum will be provided for ongoing networking and sharing. For more information, contact
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The institute will provide programming that includes a combination of short lectures, discussions, guest speakers, hands-on experiences, and other projects to help leaders meet several objectives.
In November 2005, Hendrix announced a proposal to establish a new pre-kindergarten through eighth grade charter school and professional development center. Last January, the college received a $20,000 charter school planning grant from The Walton Family Foundation, Inc., to fund the planning process.