Charter school operator KIPP DC is among 16 winners of the federal government’s Race to the Top District grant competition, U.S. Department of Education officials announced Tuesday.
The winners, which include traditional school systems as well as other charters, will share nearly $400 million in grants for classroom-level initiatives meant to personalize student learning and improve the effectiveness of teachers and principals.
KIPP DC will receive $10 million to expand the Capital Teacher Residency, a teacher-training program it runs in partnership with another local charter school, E.L. Haynes.
Teaching residents are novices who spend a year working in the classroom alongside a high-performing mentor, learning through that hands-on experience as well as from coaching and professional-development courses. There are 67 residents in the program this year.
With the help of the federal grant, the program will grow to train 415 teachers during the next four years. About one-quarter are expected to leave KIPP DC and E.L. Haynes after their residency ends to work in other local charter schools.