FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2018
Contact: Patrick Newton, Director of Marketing & Communication, The Clinton School of Public Service
B.A. Rudolph Foundation Awards Grant to Beth Quarles and Rachel Cole at Clinton School
Little Rock, AR – Today, Beth Quarles and Rachel Cole were awarded a B.A. Rudolph Foundation Grant for their study on Teacher Leadership in Arkansas. The B.A. Rudolph Foundation awards sponsorship and grant funds annually to support people, organizations, groups, events, projects or programs that embody the mission and values of the Foundation. B.A. Rudolph, the Foundation’s namesake, was a 1978 graduate of the University of Arkansas and a member of Bill Clinton’s gubernatorial and presidential staffs.
This grant will support current Clinton School of Public Service graduate students Beth Quarles and Rachel Cole to develop a landscape analysis of formal and informal programs, supports and pipelines for teacher leadership that includes a needs a needs assessment to inform future teacher leadership and pipeline programs in the state of Arkansas.
“Thank you to the B.A. Rudolph Foundation for this generous support,” said Beth Quarles and Rachel Cole. “As former teachers we were surprised to discover there are many different teacher leadership programs around the state of Arkansas. This study will offer a valuable resource to women who are underrepresented in K-12 school leadership.”
The study will explore the gender disparity in K-12 school leadership and why the public school teaching force in the United States is 72% female but only 14% of district superintendents are women. The grant will result in resources for others to use in their search for leadership programs, particularly women and women of color who would like to gain the skills, knowledge, and capacity to serve in leadership roles.
“Like B.A., Beth and Rachel are committed to equity and this project is in service to strengthening and diversifying the leadership pipeline of women in Arkansas schools” said Mary Bruce, Executive Director of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation. “We are proud to support Beth and Rachel as rising female leaders in the public sector.”
“B.A. was a friend of mine and her legacy of leadership and public service continues through the great work of the foundation,” said Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford. “ I believe B.A. would be thrilled knowing Beth and Rachel have received support for this important study.”
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About the B.A. Rudolph Foundation
Established in 2011, the B.A. Rudolph Foundation champions women who, like B.A., seek to make a difference in the world, and for whom a small amount of support makes a significant difference in their personal and professional development. Currently, the B.A. Rudolph Foundation provides scholarships to women participating in unpaid or underpaid public service internships in the Washington, D.C. area as well as nationwide in STEM fields.