FY18 Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Recipients announced

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) named the 2018 recipients of the Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant program on Friday, September 28. In total, the DOE funded 17 grantees from the $43.1 million appropriated by the U.S. Congress in the Fiscal Year 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill.

The TQP grant program is the only federal initiative dedicated to strengthening and transforming educator preparation at institutions of higher education (IHEs). To be an eligible grant recipient, the IHE must offer a baccalaureate or graduate program in education, and collaborate with PK-12 partners. Other requirements include the IHE’s educator preparation program and college of arts and sciences work in partnership with a high-need school or schools in a local, high-need district. This helps prepare teacher candidates to teach in high-need fields by providing practical experience in these schools during their training. The innovative partnerships between IHEs and PK-12 schools transform educator preparation programs as well as provide benefits to teachers in the classroom.

The grant program was created in the 2008 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and is highly competitive. While Congress has funded the TQP program for FY19 at $43. 1 million, the U.S. House of Representatives’ current reauthorization bill introduced by the majority, known as the PROSPER Act, eliminates the TQP program. The U.S. Senate has not yet released a new bill.

To learn more about the TQP program, please download AACTE’s one-pager here.

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Deborah Koolbeck

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