Council on Postsecondary Education
COUNCIL AWARDS $1.1 MILLION TO IMPROVE TEACHER QUALITY
The Council on Postsecondary Education recently awarded more than $1.1 million in federal grant funding to provide professional development for P-12 teachers and administrators.
The Improving Educator Quality grant, now in its eighth year, focuses on increasing the academic achievement of all students through research-based training initiatives that ensure K-12 teachers and administrators are highly qualified.
The eight approved programs will serve more than 300 teachers in 50 Kentucky school districts over 18 months beginning in January.
“We are delighted with the quality of these proposals and their strategic focus on increasing college readiness of students in our priority areas of math, science and reading,” said Robert King, Council president. “This is particularly important in light of the new SB 1 requirements.”
One of the significant elements of SB 1 is to align high school exit standards to entry standards for postsecondary education. The legislation also revises the assessment and accountability system for P-12 education in Kentucky.
To be eligible for funding, a partnership must include a postsecondary institution’s school of arts and sciences and its teacher preparation program, as well as a high-need local school district.
The projects include:
- Increasing College Readiness Through Assessment Led Instruction in Middle and High School Classrooms (Morehead State University): $150,000;
- The Math and Science Partnership: Increasing Math and Science Instruction and Achievement in Middle School Classrooms—Year 2 (Morehead State University): $140,000;
- West Kentucky Mathematics Partnership II—Year 2 (Murray State University): $140,000;
- Certifying World Language Teachers for Kentucky (Northern Kentucky University): $145,000;
- Literacy + Numeracy=Exponential Learning (University of Kentucky): $150,000;
- Number Properties and Operations: A Key to Student Success on EPAS—Year 2 (University of Kentucky): $139,000;
- Science Literacy for Middle School Teachers—Year 2 (University of Kentucky): $140,000; and
- Learning Capacity Advancement in Middle School Science and Mathematics—Year 2 (Western Kentucky University): $140,000.
For more info, visit http://www.cpe.ky.gov/policies/academicinit/TeacherQuality/IEQ.htm.
(Note to Editors: Descriptions of the funded projects at right, along with contact information.)