Gates Throws $111K To New Haven Schools

Bill Gates wants to pay New Haven to develop an “innovative” way of training teachers.

The school board on Monday accepted an $111,042 planning grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a major national player in influencing school reform through private investment.

New Haven will use the money to draw up a proposal to create “innovative professional development” (iPD) for teachers.

If New Haven makes it through a second hurdle, Gates would pay $3 million to $5 million towards that plan, according to New Haven school reform czar Garth Harries.

The Gates Foundation approached New Haven about the opportunity, said Harries, who in his previous job worked with Gates in New York City on a plan to implement smaller high schools.

Harries said the effort would address a common complaint: that professional development is one-size-fits all and doesn’t meet a teacher’s needs. Gates is asking school districts to come up with ideas for more flexible training, including online sessions that teachers can participate in at their own pace, Harries said.

New Haven and Bridgeport were among a handful of school districts in the country that won planning grants, Harries said. The Gates grant would supplement New Haven’s nascent effort to leverage $53 million in federal money to improve the way it trains, grades, and rewards educators.

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posted by: THREEFIFTHS on January 17, 2013  10:06am

This is Blood Money.Did you know that Bill Gates use to fund ALEC.

The Gates Foundation Is Done Funding ALEC

He also is hooked up with Monsanto.

Bill gates could care less.Nothing more then Gates Foundation buying political power.

posted by: Laughingstock on January 17, 2013  11:21am

Well done, New Haven educators - another grant based on previous successful innovations!  As a retired teacher, I am pleased to watch the upward flight of our school system.

posted by: Jacques Strap on January 17, 2013  12:17pm

All the money in the world won’t buy some of the city’s kids what they so desperately need ... a stable home life and positive role models.  Sad when I hear students say they dread vacations because they have to stay home.

posted by: Teachergal on January 17, 2013  7:24pm

Amazing ghat we’re just beginning to understand that one size does not fit all. Obviously, teachers working 1 year have different need than those teaching 10,20 or more years. ThankGod for Garth, lol, teachers have been saying this for years.
Also, I stayed home with my family for all school vacations. The difference being I could play outside for hours with my friends without feAr of being shot, kidnapped, or abused. Life was good!

posted by: Brutus2011 on January 17, 2013  8:19pm

This money and whatever is to follow would be better spent on adding paraprofessionals to our classrooms to help maintain order.

There should be at least 2 adults in every classroom in our K-8 schools—1 teacher and 1 paraprofessional.

There is too much spent on administration and not enough on the classroom.

Teachers are well-trained by our university ed schools. I know that for a fact because I was trained at one and they did a darn good job.

What no one talks about is teaching in our schools is like teaching in Syria—no joke.

The innovation should be in how to make our school’s learning environments safe and productive.

Garth Harries knows nothing about teaching or education, yet he oversees how the money is spent—wow.

posted by: Tom Burns on January 18, 2013  1:53am

Garth Harries has been a Godsend to New Haven—I was worried at first also—but the proof is in the pudding—-all great results so far—and teamwork top to bottom that has never been experienced anywhere in the US ((corporate or public)—the post is not about Garth so I will go back to Gates—-
I am very wary of Gates. Broad. Walton, Murdoch and on and on—and Gates has been way wrong on his education agenda—so we invite him here to New Haven to change his agenda—I want this engagement so he can see how it is done right—and we will change his misguided thoughts on education—and we will lead—as we have done from the beginning—and they will follow or perish—but we need to engage—so they may see what is really needed—and by the way—-not every child can be a surgeon—some have less ability than others—some are fat some are not—some are fast some are not—some have certain abilities that others dont—and thats OK—lets not lie to our parents about their children’s abilities—and let’s go back to grouping—Bright-middle-less—what we do now does not work and is beneficial to no one—we say EVERY kid should go to college—WHY?-to keep the unemployment rate down?—its ok to not like Shakespeare and prefer to cut someones lawn or change a tire—as a matter of fact its beautiful—Im done—Tom