NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Public Schools have been awarded a $1.1 million grant by the Dalio Foundation to support the district’s efforts to implement the Common Core standards.
“We’re extremely grateful for this generous grant, which I believe will help us drive meaningful change across Norwalk,” said schools Superintendent Manny Rivera in a statement emailed Monday afternoon.
“The new funding adds significant momentum to the work laid out in our strategic plan, and helps support our commitment to making sure all our students graduate college and career ready.”
The grant was first mentioned in Rivera’s March self-evaluation released to the media in mid-June. Listed under Objective 6, discussing his pursuit of grants for the schools, Rivera wrote, “Most recently, Norwalk received formal approval from the Dalio Foundation for a $1.1 million grant to enable the district to establish fulltime curriculum and instruction site directors in five schools, as well as a key position for research, data analysis and accountability.”
The one-year grant partners public and private resources to ensure that key components of the district’s efforts to close the achievement gap by 2020 are met, the press release said. The Dalio Foundation support supplements the district’s commitment to ensure that all elementary schools have dedicated instructional leaders to support teachers and principals as they implement the new Common Core, higher standards. Grant funding also will support instructional coaching in five elementary schools and will provide additional professional development around literacy throughout the district related to Common Core.
The Dalio Foundation is a private foundation based in Connecticut.