Improving Teacher Quality:
Past Projects

Worcester State University students working in a lab
Photo courtesy Worcester State University

Funded: May 2013 – 2015

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 were 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 would serve to help prevent and close achievement gaps for children.

Institution(s) Project Name Year 1 Award 2014 Year 2 Award 2015  
Holyoke Community College Great Explorers and Readers Science Literacy Program $111,038 $111,038  
Lesley University Professional Development for Elementary School Leaders and First Grade Teachers for Early Literacy Impact $156,000 -  

Funded: May 2010 – 2012

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 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." The following partnerships were awarded funding in May 2010 for up to three years of support. These initiatives are focused on College Readiness.

Institution

Project Name

Year 1 Award 2010 Year 2 Award 2011 Year 3 Award 2012
Clark University College Readiness Numbers and Words Project $73,338 $68,338 $68,338
College of the Holy Cross Foundational Mathematical Concepts for the High School to College Transition $45,000 $75,000 $120,000
University of Massachusetts Lowell PRIME-A Partnership for Readiness in Math and English $110,000 $112,000 $110,000
Wellesley College/MassBay CC/Cambridge Rindge and Latin Quantitative Reasoning to Engage Students and Prepare Them for College and Life: A Professional Development Workshop $105,000 - -
Worcester State College Improving Teacher Quality in Mathematics and English in New Bedford and Southbridge $110,000 $110,000 $110,000

Funded: May 2009 – April 2010

Institution

Project Name

Year 1 Award 2009    
Wellesley College Quantitative Reasoning to Engage Students and Prepare Them for College and Life: A Professional Development Workshop $74,213    

Funded: January 2008 – December 2010

Institution

Project Name

Year 1 Award 2008 Year 2 Award 2009 Year 3 Award 2010
American International College Physics First! for Teachers $110,000 $110,000 $110,000
Boston University Improving the Quality of Teachers of Physics $120,000 $120,000 $120,000
Clark University (Hiatt Center) Main South Curriculum and Knowing Program $64,669 $64,669 $64,669
College of the Holy Cross Summer Mathematics and Science Teacher Professional Development Workshops $51,084 $49,458 $49,458
Fitchburg State College Science Content Institutes and Integrating Science Inquiry for Grades 5-12 Teachers $86,694 $87,678 $87,627
Tufts University Problem Solving with Discrete Mathematics $95,000 $145,000 $145,000
University of Massachusetts Lowell Enhancing Math Collaboration: School-University Initiative for Professional Development $84,953 $84,948 $84,984
Urban Ecology Institute Providing In-depth Teacher Preparation in Science Through Content Training, Professional Development, and Access to Inquiry Based Curriculum Resources $90,000 $115,000 $115,000
Wheelock College Outdoor Science: environmental science Professional development for elementary teachers $72,218 $100,000 $100,000