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Deadline: May 6, 2016

New Mexico Higher Education Department: Title II: Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers, Principals and Other Leaders

The New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) administers a portion of the newly enacted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. These Title II funds provide grants to State Educational Agencies and subgrants to Local Educational Agencies to:

  • Increase student achievement consistent with the challenging state academic standards
  • Improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders
  • Increase the number of teachers, principals, and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools
  • Provide low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders

Preference will be given to projects related to the following priorities:

  • Professional development activities in core academic subjects to ensure 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 explain how the knowledge acquired will close student achievement gaps
  • Professional development activities that will ensure state content standards, student academic achievement standards, and state assessment results are used to improve instructional practices, enhance student academic achievement, and close student achievement gaps
  • Professional development and college credit for highly qualified paraprofessionals leading to a bachelor’s degree and to acquire teaching licensure

Amount: A total of $451,325 is available. The number of grants will depend on the number of eligible applications received.

Eligibility: Limited to partnerships comprised primarily of:

  • A private or state-supported division of an Institute of Higher Education (IHE) that prepares teachers, principals, and other leaders and the division of arts and sciences; and
  • A high-need Local Educational Agency (LEA) (Title I), which is an LEA that serves not fewer than 10,000 children from families with incomes below the poverty line; or in which no less than 20% of the children served are from families with incomes below the poverty line; and in which there is a high percentage of the teachers not teaching in the academic subjects or at the grade levels for which they are trained.

A partnership may also include another LEA, a public charters 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://www.hed.state.nm.us/institutions/rfa.aspx

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