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Deadline: July 7, 2016

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

The Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) Grant Program aims to increase student achievement by improving the quality of new prospective teachers by enhancing the preparation of prospective teachers and the professional development activities for current teachers; holding teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education (IHEs) accountable for preparing highly qualified teachers; and recruiting effective individuals, including minorities and individuals from other occupations, into the teaching force.

The TQP Grant Program supports partnerships among (i) IHEs, (ii) high-need local educational agencies (LEAs), and (iii) high-need schools served by such LEAs or high-need early childhood education (ECE) programs. These partnerships must implement (a) teacher preparation programs at the pre-baccalaureate or ‘‘fifth-year’’ level that include specific reforms in IHEs’ existing teacher preparation programs; (b) teacher residency programs for individuals with strong academic or professional backgrounds but without teaching experience and who are teaching in high-need schools with support from mentor teachers, and concurrently enrolled in a Master’s degree program. In this competition, the Department is especially interested in TQP projects that serve or are designed to serve tribal communities and rural areas, given the need for effective educators serving these communities.

Amount: $5,000,000 is available for awards ranging from $500,000-$1,500,000 each. The average award size is expected to be $1,000,000 per year. The grant period may be up to 5 years, pending appropriation of funding

Eligibility: An eligible applicant must be an ‘‘eligible partnership,” which means an entity that:

  • Includes: (i) A high-need LEA; (ii) A high-need school or consortium of high-need schools served by the high-need LEA, or as applicable, a high-need ECE program; (iii) A partner institution; (iv) 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 consistent with the requirements of title II of the HEA; (v) A school or department of arts and sciences within such partner institution; and
  • May include:(i) The Governor of the State; (ii) The State educational agency; (iii) The State board of education; (iv) The State agency for higher education; (v) A business; (vi) A public or private nonprofit educational organization; (vii) An educational service agency; (viii) A teacher organization; (ix) A high-performing LEA, or a consortium of such LEAs, that can serve as a resource to the partnership; (x) A charter school (as defined in section 5210 of the ESEA); (xi) A school or department within the partner institution that focuses on psychology and human development; (xii) A school or department within the partner institution with comparable expertise in the disciplines of teaching, learning, and child and adolescent development; (xiii) An entity operating a program that provides alternative routes to State certification of teachers.

Any of the mandatory or optional entities in the partnership may be the fiscal agent of the grant.

Link: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/tqpartnership/index.html

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