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

$1,027,195

CACalifornia State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation

$1,028,844

CAFresno Unified School District

$727,285

CATulare County Office of Education

$1,259,565

CAThe Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles

$1,494,943

CAClaremont Graduate University

$47,790

CAUniversity Corporation at Monterey Bay

$811,719

DCHoward University

$104,905

FLUniversity of North Florida

$138,562

GABoard of Control for the Southern Regional Education Board

$530,507

GAGeorgia State University Research Foundation, Inc.

$749,343

ILThe Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois

$663,904

INPurdue University

$538,864

INMarian University

$134,914

INSouth Bend Community School Corporation

$1,099,054

MDBowie State University

$1,282,532

MDFrostburg State University

$577,331

MIWayne State University

$169,123

MTMontana State University

$579,031

NCUniversity of North Carolina at Charlotte

$182,534

NCThe University of North Carolina at Greensboro

$958,386

NMThree Rivers Education Foundation, Inc.

$1,366,225

NMSouthwest Center for Educational Excellence

$739,426

NMCooperative Educational Services

$249,232

NYResearch Foundation of CUNY on behalf of Lehman College

$697,486

NYAmerican Museum of Natural History

$280,530

NYTeachers College, Columbia University

$468,438

OHOhio University

$494,914

PATemple University

$344,740

SCWinthrop University

$694,345

SCUniversity of South Carolina

$667,732

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