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Ed School is Seeking Grants To Fund Leadership Program

By Lean D. Rush

The Graduate School of Education is currently searching for funds necessary to continue its year-old program designed to explore the role of individual leadership in schools.

The Ed School has applied to about 20 foundations to replace a one-year, $250,000 grant, Dean Paul N. Ylvisaker said yesterday. "We've had encouraging signs from some of them," he added.

The leadership program, which started lost fall, has provided a course in school leadership for Ed School students and has established an organization involving local principals. As a result of the increased interest in the subject, the Ed School will offer a new concentration next fall in school leadership, officials at the Ed School said.

In a meeting with Ed School officials last week, President Bok suggested a more definite curriculum focus, an official said yesterday. The University has helped finance the leadership program by providing salaries for the two professors teaching the new leadership course.

The developing program reflects "the new direction of the Ed School to reaffirm its interest in schools" by supporting principas and exploring the idea of leadership. Marya Levenson, a doctoral student at the Ed School, said yesterday.

The Principals Center, the organization set up under the program has cost $100,000 to maintain this year and has successfully provided a meeting place for principals.

The program has been supported by a great from the Henry Luce Foundation, in memory of Roy E. Larsen '21, a professor at the Ed School who died two years ago.

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