U.S. Department of Education Awards Nearly $13 Million for Transition to Teaching Grants

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U.S. Department of Education Awards Nearly $13 Million for Transition to Teaching Grants

Awards Bring New Teachers to Schools with Greatest Need

September 22, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $12.8 million for 30 teacher training projects through the Transition to Teaching Program. The program supports efforts to recruit mid-career professionals and recent graduates with degrees outside of education and then help these recruits become teachers through alternative certification routes. The program also emphasizes placing teachers in high-need schools.

“Talented teachers come from all walks of life, and life experiences can enhance a teacher’s abilities in the classroom and rapport with students,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “These grants will encourage more interested professionals to transition to teaching and increase our cadre of teachers for schools that need them the most.”

This year’s grantees are located in 16 states and one territory. Priorities among this year’s grantees include partnerships or consortiums with high-need state agencies or local school districts; the preparation of teachers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, where additional teachers are greatly needed; and the staffing needs of high-risk schools in rural areas and areas that serve American Native or Alaskan Native communities.

The Transition to Teaching projects are funded for five years. Approximately 4,800 new teachers are expected to be certified by the end of the five-year period. Teacher candidates supported by the projects are required to teach in high-need schools for at least three years. In addition to the STEM fields, projects support the training of teachers for other subjects with the greatest need, primarily special education and bilingual or English as a Second Language.

More information about this program can be found at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/transitionteach/index.html

Note to Editors: Attached is a list of grantees, alphabetical by state, with contacts and grant amount for the first year of funding


University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Diana Pounder, (501)450-5402 -- $469,289

American Samoa
American Samoa Community College, Pago Pago, Lina Scanlan, (684)699-9155 -- $349,919

Arizona Board of Regents, University of Arizona, Tucson, Cody Patterson, (512)970-2691 -- $168,626
Arizona Board of Regents, University of Arizona, Tucson, Henrietta Kralovec, (520)458-8278 -- $470,731

California State University -Dominguez Hills, Carson, Kamal Hamdan, (310) 243-3981 -- $949,430
California State University-Fullerton, Fullerton, Belinda Karge, (657) 278-3760 -- $421,333
Holy Names University, Oakland, Julie Henderson, (510) 436-1022, -- $626,760
Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, Rachelle Rogers-Ard, (510) 336-7529 -- $331,252
University of San Francisco, San Francisco, Peter Williamson, (415) 422-2308 -- $420,831

Bridgeport Public Schools, Bridgeport, Carole Pannozzo, (203) 275-1042 -- $192,822

University of Delaware, Newark, Frank Livoy, (302) 831-4598 -- $201,742

Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, Scott Richman, (813) 840-7018 -- $306,258
School District of Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Nancy Bourgeois, (561) 366-6102 -- $420,107

Georgia State University, Atlanta, Diane Truscott, (404) 413-8218 -- $398,586

Illinois State University, Normal, Maria Zamudio, (309) 438-3105 -- $257,129

Grambling State University, Grambling, Carolyn Jackson, (318) 274-2238 -- $703,043
University of Louisiana Monroe, Monroe, Thillainataraja Sivakumaran, (318) 342-1242 -- $786,386

Hamline University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Laura Mogelson, (651) 523-2596 -- $228,827

Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Devon Brenner, (662) 325-7119 -- $446,893

New York
International Network for Public Schools, New York, Jessica Lee, (212) 868-5180 -- $416,593

North Carolina
University of North Carolina-General, Chapel Hill, George Meyers, (919) 843-6733 -- $236,288
Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, Shannon Brown, (336) 335-3294 -- $285,719
North Carolina New Schools Project, Raleigh, Dana Wallace, (919) 277-3780 -- $418,742

Ohio State University, Columbus, Belinda Gimbert, (614) 247-8814 -- $553,437
University of Dayton, Dayton, Deborah Telfer, (614) 785-1163 -- $609,851

Education Service Center Region XIII, Austin, Karan Wester, (512) 919-5353 -- $204,651
University of Texas El Paso, El Paso, Darlene Brown, (915) 747-5333 -- $624,033
Yes, Prep Public Schools, Inc., Houston, Jennifer Hines, (713) 967-9019 -- $440,400
Intercultural Development Research Association, San Antonio, Maria Robledo Montecel, (210) 444-1710 -- $645,577

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Cheryl Beverly, (540) 568-6262 -- $295,622