Improving Teacher Quality State Grant Program
The Department of Higher Education administers the Improving Teacher Quality State Grant Program, funded by the Title II: Part A of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The goal of this funding is to improve student academic achievement through initiatives grounded in scientific research that provide high-quality training for teachers.
The Department of Higher Education administers these funds by awarding competitive sub-grants to eligible partnerships of higher education institutions and high-need public schools. These partnerships use grant funds to conduct professional development activities in core academic subjects for teachers, paraprofessionals, and (if appropriate) principals.
Funded Projects — 2013 - Present
On August 16, 2013, the Department of Higher Education announced several grants for proposals submitted in the new cycle of the federal Title II Part A: Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program. The funds will be used for professional development activities in Early Learning to ensure that early educators increase content and pedagogical knowledge in the science of early learning, in ways that will serve to help prevent and close achievement gaps for children. ITQ Funds must be used to increase child learning outcomes, increase educator and principal content knowledge, increase educator and principal pedagogical knowledge, and improve effectiveness in educator and principal practice. The higher education grantees will apply lessons learned from the professional development experience to increase alignment across sectors in educator preparation and professional development and within the communities served by their educator preparation programs.
The Department of Higher Education currently funds six new partnerships through the Improving Teacher Quality State Grant Program. Each funded partnership includes at least one institution of higher education, a high-need school district, and at least one non-profit education partner serving children in the school district. Funds are used to conduct professional development activities in core academic subjects to ensure that teachers, paraprofessionals, and principals have content knowledge that will enhance children’s learning. Awards are made for up to three years, on conditions of yearly progress and continued federal appropriation.
On March 15, 2010, the Department of Higher Education announced five grants totaling $1,217,014 over a three-year period from the Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program. The funds were be used for professional development activities in mathematics and writing to ensure that high school educators have appropriate subject matter knowledge in these academic subjects and an understanding of the current national dialogue around "college readiness" in order to raise student achievement and to enhance students' readiness for the expectations and demands of college mathematics and writing courses. Furthermore, the higher education grantees will apply "lessons learned" from the professional development experience toward a "college-readiness" perspective in their teacher preparation programs.
SHEEO K-16 Professional Development Collaborative
U.S. Department of Education