CPRD’s school team is conducting the evaluation of the Middle-Grades Leadership Development (MLD) program, which seeks to increase achievement of high-needs, middle-grades students (grades 5-8) through the development of and equitable access to quality middle-grades principals. This grant focuses on increasing the knowledge and competencies of middle-grades principals, so they can more effectively lead their schools resulting in improved student outcomes. The project involves 12 high-needs schools in Michigan and Kentucky, and is in partnership with the National Forum’s Schools to Watch (STW) initiative.