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Deadline: May 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Education: Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program

The Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) program seeks to improve student achievement; improve the quality of prospective and new teachers by improving the preparation of prospective teachers and enhancing professional development activities for new teachers; hold teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education (IHEs) accountable for preparing teachers who meet applicable State certification and licensure requirements; and recruit highly qualified individuals, including minorities and individuals from other occupations, into the teaching force.

Eligible partnerships must implement either (a) teacher preparation programs at the pre-baccalaureate or ‘‘fifth-year’’ level that include specific reforms in IHEs’ existing teacher preparation programs; or (b) teacher residency programs for individuals who are recent graduates with strong academic backgrounds or are mid-career professionals from outside the field of education.

The TQP program will only support projects that prepare teachers through the implementation of teacher residency programs. The requirements for such a teacher residency program are further explained in the solicitation. The TQP program also includes two competitive preference priorities: One for projects that propose to prepare teachers to deliver rigorous instruction and improve student achievement in computer science and another for novice applicants.

Amount: Approximately $37,000,000 is available to make up to 20 awards ranging from $500,000-$1,000,000.

Eligibility: An eligible applicant must be an eligible partnership, meaning an entity that:

  • Must include: 1) a high-need Local Education Agency (LEA); 2) a high-need school or a consortium of high-need schools served by the high-need LEA; or, 3) as applicable, a high-need ECE program; a partner institution; a school, department, or program of education within such partner institution, which may include an existing teacher professional development program with proven outcomes within a four-year IHE that provides intensive and sustained collaboration between faculty and LEAs; and a school or department of arts and sciences within such partner institution.
  • May include any of the following: the Governor of the State; the State educational agency; the State board of education; the State agency for higher education; a business; a public or private nonprofit educational organization; an educational service agency; a teacher organization; a high-performing LEA, or a consortium of such LEAs, that can serve as a resource to the partnership; a charter school; a school or department within the partner institution that focuses on psychology and human development; a school or department within the partner institution with comparable expertise in the disciplines of teaching, learning, and child and adolescent development; or an entity operating a program that provides alternative routes to State certification of teachers.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=314430

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