U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently awarded more than $20 million in new funding to support innovative teacher preparation models that prepare prospective and new teachers to serve students in high-need schools.

Under the Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) program, the Department of Education made 31 awards totaling $20.1 million. Recipients include more than two dozen school districts, institutions of higher education (IHEs) and nonprofit organizations.

“We know a great teacher is the foundation of a great education,” said Secretary DeVos. “By ensuring teachers are able to continually grow and improve in ways that excite and challenge them, we can help students succeed. These grants will help foster meaningful professional development opportunities, especially in the often-lacking areas of STEM and computer science-focused training.”

To be eligible, an applicant must form a partnership that includes a high-need school district, an IHE, and a program of education within a partner institution. Partnerships may also include nonprofit organizations.

Over two-thirds of the funded projects are specifically designed to better prepare teachers for teaching STEM and computer science, including innovative ideas such as enabling teachers to earn micro-credentials in the field of computer science. Nearly half of the funded projects will take place in a Qualified Opportunity Zone (see here for more about Opportunity Zones.)

The TQP program is authorized under Title II of the Higher Education Act with the purpose of improving student achievement, elevating the quality of the teacher workforce by enhancing preparation of prospective teachers and professional development of new teachers, and recruiting highly qualified individuals into the teacher workforce.

 

State Grantee FY19 Award Amount
CA The CSU, Chico Research Foundation

$1,027,195

CA California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation

$1,028,844

CA Fresno Unified School District

$727,285

CA Tulare County Office of Education

$1,259,565

CA The Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles

$1,494,943

CA Claremont Graduate University

$47,790

CA University Corporation at Monterey Bay

$811,719

DC Howard University

$104,905

FL University of North Florida

$138,562

GA Board of Control for the Southern Regional Education Board

$530,507

GA Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc.

$749,343

IL The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois

$663,904

IN Purdue University

$538,864

IN Marian University

$134,914

IN South Bend Community School Corporation

$1,099,054

MD Bowie State University

$1,282,532

MD Frostburg State University

$577,331

MI Wayne State University

$169,123

MT Montana State University

$579,031

NC University of North Carolina at Charlotte

$182,534

NC The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

$958,386

NM Three Rivers Education Foundation, Inc.

$1,366,225

NM Southwest Center for Educational Excellence

$739,426

NM Cooperative Educational Services

$249,232

NY Research Foundation of CUNY on behalf of Lehman College

$697,486

NY American Museum of Natural History

$280,530

NY Teachers College, Columbia University

$468,438

OH Ohio University

$494,914

PA Temple University

$344,740

SC Winthrop University

$694,345

SC University of South Carolina

$667,732

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