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2 Georgia Entities Get Grant Awards for Innovative Teacher Prep

Over two-thirds of the funded projects are specifically designed to better prepare teachers for teaching STEM and computer science.

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


CA California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation


CA Fresno Unified School District


CA Tulare County Office of Education


CA The Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles


CA Claremont Graduate University


CA University Corporation at Monterey Bay


DC Howard University


FL University of North Florida


GA Board of Control for the Southern Regional Education Board


GA Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc.


IL The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois


IN Purdue University


IN Marian University


IN South Bend Community School Corporation


MD Bowie State University


MD Frostburg State University


MI Wayne State University


MT Montana State University


NC University of North Carolina at Charlotte


NC The University of North Carolina at Greensboro


NM Three Rivers Education Foundation, Inc.


NM Southwest Center for Educational Excellence


NM Cooperative Educational Services


NY Research Foundation of CUNY on behalf of Lehman College


NY American Museum of Natural History


NY Teachers College, Columbia University


OH Ohio University


PA Temple University


SC Winthrop University


SC University of South Carolina


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