TSL: A Special Grant Opportunity for Leaders and Districts

Dear Friends:

The Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program (TSL) is a federal grant program that supports cutting-edge leaders to advance educator practice and increase student academic growth. It is a powerful vehicle for developing the talents of teachers and principals on an ongoing basis. 

Through TSL, the Consortium for Talent Development--a partnership of the Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC) and McREL International, two of the nation's leading expert organizations in developing talent in K-12 education--assists superintendents, administrators, and teachers to:
  • Strengthen teacher pedagogy,
  • Build principal instructional leadership,
  • Develop teacher leaders, and
  • Improve district systems.
Since 2008, we have successfully partnered with districts throughout the country to achieve significant impact in utilizing more than $70 million through TSL and its forerunner program, the Teacher Incentive Fund. Our partners include large districts (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, NC), moderate-size districts (Henrico County Public Schools and Prince William County Public Schools, VA), small districts (Delhi Unified School District, CA), charter networks (Harmony Public Schools, TX) and statewide networks (Texas Center for Educator Excellence--TxCEE).

Dynamic leaders use TSL grants to strengthen instruction, advance professional growth, and help students in high-need schools. When targeted thoughtfully and creatively, TSL resources build the capacity of districts to hire, develop, and reward highly effective educators. TSL makes it possible to transform professional and leadership development to the benefit of both frontline educators and students. 

How can the Consortium help your district with TSL?

Leading superintendents continually build their organizational capacity to hire, place, professionally support, evaluate, and advance educators. Because improving student achievement requires districts to focus on district-level and classroom-level change, we can help your district build capacity-building from both the top-down and bottom-up. 

Through the TSL grant, we can help your district strengthen your human capital management and performance-based compensation systems, customize professional development, and improve both instruction and instructional leadership. We also help districts deepen their collaboration, creating a shared sense of purpose among administrators, teachers, parents, and students and focusing everyone on a shared vision for effective teaching and learning. 

The Consortium for Talent Development also provides evaluation services so that districts can gauge results and make informed mid-course corrections throughout the implementation of the TSL initiative. 

Do you want to learn more?

Successful applications are the product of careful planning. The RFP was just released by the U.S. Department of Education. Proposals are due on June 2, 2020, so there is no time to waste. For additional information on how the Consortium for Talent Development can help you to improve instruction, identify and build on bright spots, and use TSL as a lever for needed change, please contact us at [email protected], or 617.423.1444.
Best Regards,
William J. Slotnik
Founder and Executive Director
Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC)
APRIL 2020