A group of East Carolina University researchers studying the effects of school leadership has secured a five-year, $9.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The study is led by primary investigator Matt Militello, the Wells Fargo Distinguished Professor for ECU’s Department of Educational Leadership in the College of Education. Militello is joined by co-investigators Len Annetta and Charity Cayton with the College of Education’s Department of Math, Science and Instructional Technology.

“Innovate, Inquire, Iterate and Impact: Igniting the Power of Network Improvement Communities to Enhance Professional Learning for Educational Leaders” focuses on the development of K-12 principals to observe, analyze and communicate improvements to classroom instruction.

The grant guarantees $6.7 million in funding over the first three years, including $1.85 million during the study’s first year. Just 14 awards were given out by the Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, with the ECU proposal ranking fourth in what the office said was “most competitive competition in the program’s history.”

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Originally published Oct. 10, 2018.