Office of Commissioner of Higher Education


Title II, Part A: Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program

The purpose of the Improving Teacher Quality grant program is to ensure our state's high-need middle school and high school teachers and principals have the opportunity to become highly qualified. Title II, Part A legislation provides state education agencies with the flexibility to use these funds creaatively to address challenges to teacher quality. Grant projects must provide high-qualified professional development. Professional development includes, but is not limited to, activities that

  • improve and increase teachers' knowledge of academic subjects and enable teachers to become highly qualified;
  • are an integral part of broad schoolwide and districtwide educational improvement plans;
  • give teachers and principals the knowledge and skills to help students meet challenging state academic standards;
  • improve classroom management skills;
  • are sustained, intensive, and classroom focused and are not one-day or short-term workshops;
  • advance teacher understanding of effective instruction strategies that are based on scientifically based research, and
  • are developed with extensive participation of teachers, principals, parents, and administration.

Basic Program Requirements

In order to be eligible for the Improving Teacher Quality Grant provided by the state agency for higher education, a proposed project must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Develop and maintain a significant and equitable partnership involving (1) one institution of higher education, including its division that prepares teachers and principals, (2) one school of arts and sciences, and (3) one high-need middle or high school
  • Develop a project that focuses its impact on helping the high-need school ensure its teachers are highly qualified and have the knowledge and teaching skills they need to help all students achieve to high standards
  • Develop a project that contributes to high-quality teaching and leadership throughout the state
  • Develop a project based on scientifically based research (e.g. research involving the application of rigorous, systematic, and objective procedures to obtain reliable and valid knowledge relevant to education activities and programs)

The 2014 RFP will be available in October when ED announces the final appropriation amounts.

Please contact Karin Janssen at (406) 444-0607 for more information.


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