PBCSD Poised to Increase Student Achievement and Teacher Hiring, Thanks to Federal Grant

January 2021

A grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help the School District of Palm Beach County recruit, develop, support, and retain outstanding educators.



The District is one of four school districts participating in a multi-year, multi-state partnership entitled Project IGNITE; Innovation Generated by Networked Improvement Teams of Educators, funded by the U.S. Department of Education's 2020 Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program (TSL).

Led by Insight Education Group, Project IGNITE provides support and growth opportunities for teachers and school leaders in 49 schools across four districts in Florida, Mississippi, New York, and Texas.

The project brings structures and funding for more than 500 jobs and will reduce turnover by retaining teachers through a variety of incentives. The grant will also serve as a driving force to produce more qualified workers for the local communities by improving student achievement.

"Through IGNITE, we have an amazing opportunity to gain greater traction on our biggest priorities, especially in our highest-need schools," said Dr. Gonzalo La Cava, the District’s Chief of Human Resources. "The work of school improvement is ever-changing and complex. Thanks to this networked improvement community, we'll partner with other educators across multiple states to learn, share, and scale what's really working, all with the shared goal of improving educational outcomes for our students."

About Insight Education Group
Insight Education Group is an international educational consulting organization that partners with education leaders to develop the strategy and confidence to lead bold and equitable change. Since 2000, Insight has supported districts and education organizations in accelerating improvement by reflecting and applying lessons learned alongside their partners to shape educational systems that are truly equitable for all learners.

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