24 New Teacher Quality Partnership Grants Totaling More Than $35 Million Awarded to Recruit, Train and Support More Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Teachers

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24 New Teacher Quality Partnership Grants Totaling More Than $35 Million Awarded to Recruit, Train and Support More Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Teachers

Major Progress on President's Goal to Prepare 100,000 Excellent STEM Teachers

September 25, 2014

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of $35 million for 24 new partnerships between universities and high-need school districts that will recruit, train and support more than 11,000 teachers over the next five years—primarily in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields—to improve student achievement. These awards are the culmination of this year's Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant competition that President Obama announced in May at the White House Science Fair.

For the first time, this year's TQP competition focuses on preparing STEM teachers, and increasing the participation of underrepresented groups—women, minorities and people with disabilities—in teaching STEM subjects. The 2014 TQP grantees will train teachers in a wide variety of approaches to STEM instruction, from early learning through high school levels. This advances on the goal that President Obama set in his 2011 State of the Union address to prepare 100,000 STEM teachers over the next decade with strong teaching skills and deep content knowledge. In addition, answering the President's call to action, nearly 200 organizations have formed a coalition called 100Kin10, all committed to the goal of increasing the supply of excellent STEM teachers.

"Recruiting and supporting great teachers has been a key priority for our Department and the Administration from the very beginning," Secretary Duncan said. "Every teacher deserves the opportunity to receive the training and support necessary to prepare for the rigors of preparing all students for success in the classroom and in life. We're proud at the Department of Education to announce these awards that represent another important step in strengthening teacher preparation and residency programs to ensure that new teachers—whether entering from college or from other careers—have the skills to improve student achievement in today's diverse and challenging classrooms."

"Cultivating tomorrow's innovators, discoverers, and entrepreneurs will require a world-class workforce of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers today," said John P. Holdren, President Obama's Science Advisor. "The awards announced by Secretary Duncan today mark a major step forward toward meeting the President's goal of preparing 100,000 excellent STEM teachers and will help ensure that these dedicated professionals have the tools, training, and resources they need to continue inspiring our kids to excel in science and math."

President Obama strongly believes that the United States must equip many more students to excel in STEM fields. In 2009, President Obama launched the Educate to Innovate campaign, a public—private partnership that has secured more than $700 million in commitments to bolster investments in STEM education and to help meet the President's goal for STEM teachers. President Obama's 2015 budget proposal for STEM education would invests $2.9 billion, an increase of 3.7 percent over the 2014 level, in federal STEM education programs.

Under TQP, grantees create model teacher preparation programs to grow the pool of quality new teachers including early learning teachers. These programs are developed through reforms of teacher preparation programs at the undergraduate or fifth year licensing level, or teaching residency programs for individuals with strong academic or professional qualifications, but without teaching experience. Grantees may implement school leadership programs to train superintendents, principals, early learning program directors, and other school leaders in high-need or rural school districts.

The Obama Administration is committed to ensuring that teachers and leaders have the support they need from preparation and through their careers, and that all students have access to great teachers and leaders. Today's grant announcement is another step in realizing the Administration's commitment to support educators. Efforts over the past five years have included the administration's proposed ConnectEDucators program in the President's FY15 budget request to support teachers' efforts to learn how to make the best use of technology and digital learning materials in their classrooms; the RESPECT proposal to elevate the education profession through improved preparation and early career support, teacher leadership and development opportunities, and improved work environments; and most recently, the Department of Education announced Teach to Lead, a new initiative to ensure that teachers have the opportunity to play a critical role in the decisions that impact their classrooms and their students without leaving the classroom.

Note to Editors: Below is a list of grantees, with project name, project director, contact information, and grant amount.

Teacher Quality Partnership Grants

Applicant Name State Five-Year Funding
Grantee: California State University, Chico Research Foundation
Project Name: PRISMS Project: Promoting Rural Improvement in Secondary Mathematics and Science
Project Director: Maggie Payne
Email: mpayne@csuchico.edu
Phone: (530) 898-6518
CA $6,479,717
Grantee: California State University, Dominguez Hills
Project Name: STEM Teachers in Advanced Residency, or STAR
Project Director: Kamal Hamdan
Email: khamdan@csudh.edu
Phone: (310) 243-3981
CA $12,458,834
Grantee: Illinois State University
Project Name: Using Research Based Actions to Network Cities Engaged in New Teacher Education Reform (The Urban Center)
Project Director: Robert Lee
Email: rlee2@IllinoisState.edu
Phone: (309)438-1780
IL $10,149,826
Grantee: Cal State L.A. University Auxiliary Services, Inc.
Project Name: Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency Program Transformation Initiative
Project Director: A. Dee Williams
Email: awillia6@exchange.calstatela.edu
Phone: (323) 343-6168
CA $11,064,077
Grantee: Montclair State University
Project Name: The Newark-Montclair State University Teaching Residency Program (NMUTR)
Project Director: Jennifer Robinson
Email: robinsonj@mail.montclair.edu
Phone: (973)655-5387
NJ $6,205,534.00
Grantee: Georgia State University
Project Name: Collaboration and Resources for Encouraging and Supporting Transformations in Education (CREST-Ed)
Project Director: Gwendolyn Benson
Email: gbenson@gsu.edu
Phone: (404)413-8105
GA $7,547,299
Grantee: University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Project Name: Transforming Teaching through Technology
Project Director: Karen Wixson
Email: kkwixson@uncg.edu
Phone: (336)334-4418
NC $7,738,827
Grantee: Arizona State University Board of Regents
Project Name: Integrating STEM, Literacy, and Language to Prepare All Teachers to Teach English Language Learners: iTeach ELLs
Project Director: Pamela Harris
Email: Pamela.J.Harris@asu.edu
Phone: (480)727-5188
AZ $11,552,505
Grantee: National Louis University
Project Name: Science Excellence through Residency (SER)
Project Director: Shaunti Knauth
Email: shaunti.knauth@nl.edu
Phone: (224) 233-2328
IL $8,334,153
Grantee: Virginia Commonwealth University
Project Name: Richmond Teacher Residency (RTR) 2.0
Project Director: Therese Dozier
Email: tadozier@vcu.edu
Phone: (804)828-1305
VA $7,499,638
Grantee: Fresno Unified School District
Project Name: Fresno Teacher Residency Program
Project Director: Mary Gonzalez
Email: maryj.gonzalez@fresnounified.org
Phone: (559) 457-3186
CA $7,795,066
Grantee: Teachers College, Columbia University
Project Name: TR@TC2--Teaching Residents at Teachers College, Columbia University
Project Director: A.L. Goodwin
Email: goodwin@tc.columbia.edu
Phone: (212)678-3502
NY $7,546,244
Grantee: California State University, Bakersfield Auxiliary for Sponsored Programs Administration
Project Name: Growing Rural Opportunities (GRŌ STEM) Residency Program: Reducing the achievement gap of students in high-need rural schools
Project Director: Randy Schultz
Email: rschultz@csub.edu
Phone: (661) 654-2478
CA $7,339,062
Grantee: University Corporation at Monterey Bay
Project Name: Central Coast Partnership for Teaching Excellence
Project Director: Mark O'Shea
Email: moshea@csumb.edu
Phone: (831) 582-3039
CA $8,620,566
Grantee: Boston Plan for Excellence in the Public School Foundation
Project Name: Boston Teacher Quality Network
Project Director: Simon Hess
Email: shess@bpe.org
Phone: (617)275-0718
MA $10,000,000
Grantee: Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles
Project Name: UCLA IMPACT
Project Director: Annamarie Francois
Email: francois@gseis.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-6812
CA $8,082,065
Grantee: Public Education & Business Coalition
Project Name: Colorado Boettcher Teacher Residency—Rural Expansion
Project Director: Belle Faust
Email: bfaust@pebc.org
Phone: (303) 861-8661
CO $2,906,833
Grantee: Temple University
Project Name: Temple Teacher Residency (TTR)
Project Director: Wanda Brooks
Email: wbrooks@temple.edu
Phone: (215)204-8017
PA $2,241,597
Grantee: Wesley College
Project Name: Bridging the Professional Development Gap. A Synergistic Model for Training, Supporting, and Retaining Highly Qualified Teachers, Pre-service to In-service
Project Director: Patricia Sherblom
Email: patricia.sherblom@wesley.edu
Phone: (302) 736-2575
DE $1,589,499
Grantee: New Visions for Public Schools
Project Name: New York City Urban Teacher Residency
Project Director: Rachelle Verdier
Email: rverdier@newvisions.org
Phone: (212)645-5110
NY $8,290,123
Grantee: American Museum of Natural History
Project Name: A Museum- and School-Based Teacher Residency Partnership for Preparing and Supporting New Earth Science Teachers
Project Director: Rosamond Kinzler
Email: rkinzler@amnh.org
Phone: (212) 496-3637
NY $5,343,018
Grantee: The University of Tennessee at Martin
Project Name: Teacher Preparation Reinvention for Optimizing Continuous improvement for Effectiveness and Student Success (T-PROCESS)
Project Director: Betty Cox
Email: bacox@utm.edu
Phone: (731) 881-7201
TN $3,324,314
Grantee: Rutgers University-Newark
Project Name: Excite and Ignite: Building the Next Generation of Teachers (NextGen)
Project Director: Joelle Tutela
Email: jtutela@rutgers.edu
Phone: (973)353-3521
NJ $2,499,544
Grantee: University Colorado Denver
Project Name: NxtGEN Teacher Preparation: Closing the Achievement Gap in Urban and Rural Colorado
Project Director: Barbara Seidl
Email: barbara.seidl@ucdenver.edu
Phone: (303)315-6303
CO $8,523,405