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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 FY2014 - Present

Increasing Professional Development for Massachusetts Teachers, Educators and Principals in 2015

The Department of Higher Education grants for the current cycle of the federal Title II Part A: Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program have been increased for 2015 professional development activities in Early Learning. The current projects 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. Year 2 features several added components to the partnership projects, one of which is to specifically include principals from participating schools and districts in all six partnerships. Other additions to projects include classroom coaching as a supplement to workshops and courses, increasing curricular foci from STEM to STEAM, and providing internet access to activities for district wide participation in projects. 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 within communities.

The Department of Higher Education will continue to fund six existing partnerships through the Improving Teacher Quality Higher Education 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 and paraprofessional teachers have content knowledge that will enhance children’s learning. Awards are entering the second year of a three year cycle having met and exceeded all conditions of yearly progress. Continued federal appropriations from the US Department of Education make the projects possible.

Institution

Project Name

Year 1 Award 2014 Year 2 Award 2015
Holyoke Community College Holyoke Public Schools Great Explorers and Readers Science Literacy Program $111,038 $128,858
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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts/North Adams PS/Northern Berkshire School Union/Adams Cheshire PS Berkshire Early Learning Lab $107,827 $295,733
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University of Massachusetts Boston/Chelsea PS Chelsea Achieves in Mathematics

$116,480

$221,111

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Lowell Public Schools Higher Order Teaching $147,374 $255,997
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Worcester State University/Worcester PS Using Science to Strengthen and Align Early Childhood Teaching

$95,461

$132,065

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Lesley University/Boston PS Professional Development for Elementary School Leaders and First Grade Teachers for Early Literacy Impact $156,000

181,036

Early Learning Projects Began in FY 2014

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 began funding the six new Early Learning Project partnerships in FY 2014. Awards are made for up to three years, on conditions of yearly progress and continued federal appropriation.

>> More information on funded projects
>> 2013 Request for Proposals

Past Projects

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.

>> More information on past projects
>> 2010 Request for Proposals


Related Links
SHEEO K-16 Professional Development Collaborative Offsite link
U.S. Department of Education Offsite link

 

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