The Education Fund and the Superintendent’s Urban Principal Initiative

The Education Fund is one of the three community partners that is participating in the Superintendent’s Urban Principal Initiative. It is contributing several components to the Superintendent’s Urban Principal Initiative through a grant received from the Wachovia Foundation’s Teachers and Teaching Initiative. These components include the following:

  • Training and coaching in Action Research, directed by Dr. Jill Farrell, Director of Graduate Curriculum and Instruction Programs at Barry University. Each SUPI team is conducting their own Action Research project, which requires them to apply data-driven problem-solving strategies to challenges they have identified in their own schools. The results of the Action Research projects will be posted on this website at the end of the school year.
  • Sponsorship and coordination of monthly group study/sharing sessions for SUPI participants
  • Sponsorship and coordination of other training and program events
  • Support for the SUPI Assistant Principals to attend a national school leadership conference
  • Stipends for the Assistant Principals who are participating in the Superintendent’s Urban Principal Initiative
  • Sponsorship of a nine-week internship, during which the Assistant Principals serve as acting principals at their schools

Planting the Seeds: The SUPI Pilot Project 2004-05

The Education Fund planted the seeds for the Superintendent’s Urban Principal Initiative when it operated a successful pilot project in 2004-05 in partnership with the school district. This pilot project, funded by a grant from the Wachovia Foundation’s Teachers and Teaching Initiative, matched up twelve assistant principals with experienced urban school principals who served as their mentors. The assistant principals spent nine weeks “shadowing” their mentors to learn how effective principals work on a day-to-day, minute-to-minute basis. In addition, they received leadership training and conducted their own research projects on raising student achievement.

In the spring of 2005, The Education Fund was invited by the Wachovia Foundation to continue the Superintendent’s Urban Principal Initiative for three more years. The district used this grant as the springboard from which it successfully applied for a ground-breaking three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop a much larger and more comprehensive Superintendent’s Urban Principal Initiative. The expanded Initiative includes urban leadership training for principals and teacher leaders as well as assistant principals.

About The Education Fund

Since 1985, The Education Fund has worked side-by-side with the private sector to raise more than $28 million for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The Ed Fund runs a dozen different programs that benefit the students and teachers in our public schools. These programs include:

  • Citibank FamilyTech, which provides refurbished home computers to more than 7,000 low-income students and trains their families and teachers
  • The Ocean Bank Center for Educational Materials, a warehouse of recycled corporate goods that are donated to classrooms
  • The Great American Teach-A-Thon, which highlights the connection between support of teachers and teaching quality by bringing corporate executives into classrooms across the county
  • The Parent Resource Guide, a trilingual publication that helps involve parents in the school system.

More information about The Education Fund can be found at