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 principals.
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. Funding awarded to partnerships in year 4 of the grant included the development of Early Learning Projects Toolkit, which will be made available as a free resource to the public in December 2018. It provides a digital ‘how-to’ resource that can be utilized for any entity wishing to improve learning experiences and outcomes for children from preschool through grade 3.