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.

StateGranteeFY19 Award Amount
CAThe CSU, Chico Research Foundation


CACalifornia State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation


CAFresno Unified School District


CATulare County Office of Education


CAThe Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles


CAClaremont Graduate University


CAUniversity Corporation at Monterey Bay


DCHoward University


FLUniversity of North Florida


GABoard of Control for the Southern Regional Education Board


GAGeorgia State University Research Foundation, Inc.


ILThe Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois


INPurdue University


INMarian University


INSouth Bend Community School Corporation


MDBowie State University


MDFrostburg State University


MIWayne State University


MTMontana State University


NCUniversity of North Carolina at Charlotte


NCThe University of North Carolina at Greensboro


NMThree Rivers Education Foundation, Inc.


NMSouthwest Center for Educational Excellence


NMCooperative Educational Services


NYResearch Foundation of CUNY on behalf of Lehman College


NYAmerican Museum of Natural History


NYTeachers College, Columbia University


OHOhio University


PATemple University


SCWinthrop University


SCUniversity of South Carolina


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