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New Mexico Higher Education Department: Improving Teacher Quality

Deadline: June 6, 2014

The purpose of these grants is to help shape state and local activities to improve teacher quality and to increase the number of highly qualified teachers, including paraprofessionals and principals.

The NMHED Title II Teacher Quality Grant Program for 2014-2015 will give preference to projects that provide a project related to one or more of the following priorities. Applicants must provide evidence of research-based approaches related to closing the achievement gaps in the priorities selected. Include a listing of scholarly sources addressing the planned approaches.

  • Professional development activities in core academic subjects to ensure that teachers, highly qualified paraprofessionals and principals acquire enhanced knowledge of the academic subjects taught in the schools, become proficient in the pedagogical requirements of the Common Core State Standards, and how the knowledge acquired can work to close student achievement gaps.
  • Professional development activities to ensure that state content standards, student academic achievement standards, and state assessment results are used to improve instructional practices, enhance student academic achievement, and work to close student achievement gaps.
  • Professional development for highly qualified paraprofessionals in core academic subjects, including pre-service training that can lead to the BA degree or teacher certification and the goal of closing student achievement gaps.

Amount: The total amount available for grant awards for 2014 -2015 is $452,070.

Eligibility: Eligibility is limited to partnerships comprised minimally of:

  • a private or state supported IHE, the division of the IHE that prepares teachers and principals, and the division of arts and sciences.
  • a high-need LEA (Title I), which is defined by the federal government as an LEA that serves not fewer than 10,000 children from families with incomes below the poverty line; OR, in which not less than 20% of the children served by the agency are from families with incomes below poverty line; AND in which there is a high percentage of teachers not teaching in the academic subjects or at the grade levels for which they were trained.

An eligible partnership may also include another LEA, a public charter school, an elementary or secondary school, an educational service agency, a nonprofit educational organization, another IHE, a nonprofit cultural organization, a pre-kindergarten program, a teacher organization, a principal organization, or a business.

Link: http://hed.state.nm.us/uploads/files/Policy%20and%20Programs/RFA/FFY%2013%20Title%20II%20RFA.pdf

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