MetLife Foundation Awards $250,000 Grant to SLN

May 12, 2011

School Leaders Network is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant of $250,000 from MetLife Foundation to sustain and expand SLN Networks in its existing geographical clusters. The grant also includes support to encourage and enable SLN’s collaborative work with New Leaders for New Schools and its EPIC tools in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

This grant has also played an important role in SLN opening its first two Networks in the Bay area and its first Network in Los Angeles.

School Leaders Network is also very pleased that MetLife Foundation is making the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Preparing Students for College and Careers available to all SLN participants. The most recent survey, released in March, is the 27th in an annual series sponsored by MetLife and conducted by Harris Interactive. It shares the views of middle and high school teachers, students, parents and Fortune 1000 executives about the priority that all students graduate from high school prepared for college and careers, what being college- and career-ready entails, and the implications of this goal for teaching.

A. Dennis White, President and CEO of MetLife Foundation said, "The principal-to-principal professional development SLN encourages and facilitates connects to the day-to-day realities of schools, to the practical challenges of leadership, and ultimately to the improvement of teaching and learning for the benefit of all students. It can do much to foster collaborative leadership in schools to close expectation gaps about student potential and achievement.”

About MetLife Foundation
MetLife Foundation supports education, health, civic and cultural organizations. In education, it seeks to strengthen public schools through effective teaching and collaborative leadership, and to prepare students for access to and success in higher education, particularly during the crucial first year. The Foundation’s grantmaking is informed by findings from the annual MetLife Survey of the American Teacher. For more information see www.metlife.org