OverviewTo support the success and endurance of system improvement the Foundation supports the development of leaders in the areas of our focus: improvement of math and science instruction and informal science especially in science centers.
Professional Development for School Leaders
We support the professional development of school and district leaders. We aim to create concrete examples of powerful leadership and improved academic achievement within a system-wide context. Our goal in the area of Teacher and Leadership Development is to raise the quality and quantity of teachers and administrative leaders in order to improve student achievement.
Noyce Leadership Institute
In 2007 the Foundation initiated the Noyce Leadership Institute to immerse science center executives in cutting edge knowledge and tools, promising practices, and professional networks, all designed to increase their capacity to lead effectively and have a greater public impact in their communities in the 21st century. Since the first Fellowship program was launched in 2008, 123 Fellows and 92 Sponsors have participated in NLI. These individuals represent 91 institutions from 27 nations. The 2014-15 Fellows program (Cohort 7) concludes in May 2015 and will be final cohort. Thereafter, NLI will support Alumni learning opportunities.
Partners to date in the initiative are Association of Science Technology Centers (ASTC),the European Network of Science Centres and Museums (Ecsite), and the Association of Children's Museums (ACM). In addition to primary funding from the Noyce Foundation, support for this program comes from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, and the David & Lucille Packard Foundation.
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