(Washington, DC) The Office of the State Superintendent of Education announced the release of the 2008 Teacher Quality Improvement RFA. This grant program will support summer programs offering a partnership approach to teacher and administrator professional development. The purpose of this grant is to improve skills of teachers, improve the instruction in mathematics and science, and increase the access of all students to improved instruction.
The target population for the grant is elementary and secondary public and private school teachers. It is expected that all programs take into account the need for greater access to and participation in mathematics and science for students from historically underrepresented and under-served groups and gifted and talented students, by providing support to their teachers.
The Teacher Quality Improvement Grant Program is a partnership grant. Eligible applicants will apply with a partner representing each of the following categories:
ELIGIBLE PARTNERSHIP-The term "eligible partnership" means an entity that:
(A) shall include:
(i) a private or State institution of higher education and the division of the institution that prepares teachers and principals;
(ii) a school of arts and sciences; and
(iii) a high-need local educational agency; and
(B) may include another local educational agency, a public charter school, an elementary school or secondary school, an educational service agency, a nonprofit educational organization, another institution of higher education, a school of arts and sciences within such an institution, the division of such an institution that prepares teachers and principals, a nonprofit cultural organization, an entity carrying out a pre-kindergarten program, a teacher organization, a principal organization, or a business.
Public or private institutions of higher education with their main campus located in the District of Columbia and certified by the US Department of Education are eligible to apply. Applicants must include documentation of the partnership with the application.
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a pre-application conference on Friday, May 16, 2008, at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, located at 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20001, from 1–3 pm. Please RSVP to Nicole Shaffer at (202) 727-3471 or Nicole.Shaffer@dc.gov.
Interested grant reviewers should send their resume to Nicole.Shaffer@dc.gov.