AACTE Statement on Federal Award of 2014 Teacher Quality Partnership Grants

AACTE is thrilled that the U.S. Department of Education last week announced the awarding of a new round of Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grants, the federal government’s only investment in reforming teacher preparation. With grants totaling more than $35 million to 24 partnerships in the first year alone, these awards will assist to recruit, train, and support more than 11,000 educators in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

AACTE is pleased by the administration’s recognition of the value of continued federal investment in higher education-based teacher preparation programs. Many AACTE member institutions have benefited from TQP funding since the program’s inception in 2009, and the new round of grants expands the reach to more institutions and their partner schools.

Once again, many AACTE member institutions are among the partners receiving this year’s grants:

  • Arizona State University
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • California State University, Chico
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • California State University, Fresno
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • Georgia State University
  • Hunter College of City University of New York
  • Illinois State University
  • Montclair State University (NJ)
  • National Louis University (IL)
  • Rutgers University (NJ)
  • Teachers College, Columbia University (NY)
  • Temple University (PA)
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of Tennessee at Martin
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Wesley College (DE)

“This round of TQP grants recognizes the growing momentum within our profession to work across the PK-12/higher education organizational boundaries to address urgent needs of student learning and teacher development in communities,” said AACTE President/CEO Sharon P. Robinson. “Further, this program advances our efforts to enrich the clinical component of educator preparation. These latest awards also illustrate the readiness of our professional community to design effective magnets for talent in the STEM fields to the important work of teaching.”

AACTE has long celebrated the improvements developed by the TQP grants and eagerly anticipates working with the new awardees as they embark on reforming STEM educator preparation at their institutions.

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Deborah Koolbeck

Senior Director of Government Relations, AACTE