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Greater Grand Rapids

Practice Makes Possible

Leading Educators supports a network of schools across Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan, through EDNET, an initiative of the Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation.

Growing Leadership

This approach is the backbone of an ambitious strategy to significantly increase academic achievement among economically-disadvantaged students who attend the nearly 120 district, charter, and religious schools in the Greater Grand Rapids urban area. This work uses the greatest asset within Grand Rapids’ urban schools—experienced educators—by supporting up to 300 teacher leaders along with their principals and district administrators.

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By The Numbers

An inaugural cohort of principals and teacher leaders began development in the summer of 2017 to bolster their content knowledge and instructional leadership skills.

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10 schools

supported with teacher leadership and curriculum-based professional learning across four area school districts.

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116 educators

supported this year with development in grade-level content knowledge and equitable practice.

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5,335 students

served this year through direct instructional work.

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“I have taught for over 30 years and have learned more in the last two years then I did the 30 years prior.”
Grand Rapids Teacher Leader

Meet the Team

Tina De La Fe

Director of Coaching & Content
Tina facilitates workshops, designs content, and leads observations and coaching with educators in Greater Grands Rapids.
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Kristine Schipper

Director of Content & Coaching
Kristine is a passionate educator who supports several schools in the Greater Grand Rapids areas as an instructional leadership coach.
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Jennifer Sierra

Director of Content & Coaching, Greater Grand Rapids
Jen is an educator who works on the Greater Grand Rapids team and is especially passionate about early childhood education and teaching kids how to read and write.
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Tina De La Fe

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Kristine Schipper

Jennifer Sierra

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“The dedication of the LE staff to meet the needs of [my] building has been outstanding…our coach was a constant, guiding resource throughout.”
Grand Rapids Teacher Leader
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