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Teton County School District No. 1 wants education in Jackson Hole to be more equitable.

The district announced in a press release Monday morning that its secondary school administrators have joined a University of Kansas program that enhances “leadership skills of school principals to promote equity in education.”

Offered through the college’s SWIFT Education Center, the program will include 70 principals from school districts in North Carolina’s Guilford and Cumberland counties and San Diego’s Unified School District.

Starting in the upcoming school year, the program will provide administrators with on-the-job training and leadership skills that are designed to close the achievement gap and make education opportunities available for a variety of students. The program will only include secondary school administrators in its first year, but it will expand to include elementary schools as well in the program’s second year, the press release said.

The SWIFT Education Center program is designed to create sustainability and continuity by giving principals the skills to train their peers once the program is over. Principals will be able to receive “micro credentials through the program for each skill they learn.”

The announcement comes on the heels of the Fund for Public Education announcing its renewed focus on equity in education. Formerly the Teton County Education Foundation, the nonprofit has retooled and developed a new strategic plan that focuses on creating equitable educational opportunities for students, among other core tenets.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-5902 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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