Council on Postsecondary Education
COUNCIL AWARDS OVER $1.1 MILLION TO IMPROVE TEACHER QUALITY
In an ongoing effort to improve teacher quality, the Council on Postsecondary Education awarded more than $1.1 million in grant funding for professional development for P-12 teachers and administrators at a meeting in Morehead on Friday. As part of the Improving Educator Quality state grant program, eight approved projects will serve more than 310 teachers in 70 Kentucky school districts over 18 months beginning January 2009.
The grant program, currently in its seventh year, awards grants to partnerships that deliver research-based training programs to P-12 teachers and administrators. To be eligible, a partnership must include a postsecondary institution’s school of arts and sciences and its teacher preparation program, as well as a high-need local school district.
In 2006, the Kentucky General Assembly passed Senate Bill 130 requiring the P-12 assessment program to include a high school readiness examination in the eighth grade, a college readiness examination in the 10th grade, and requiring all students in the 11th grade to take the ACT. This has resulted in the implementation of ACT’s Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS) in Kentucky.
Senate Bill 130 also requires the Council on Postsecondary Education and public postsecondary institutions to offer support and technical assistance to schools and school districts in the development of accelerated learning for students who demonstrate a need for intervention due to low scores on the high school or college readiness exams. To that end the Council is focusing Year 7 of the Improving Educator Quality state grant program on projects that fully integrate EPAS professional development that assists teachers in providing intervention in Core Content areas for students in need of accelerated learning.
“We must continually improve the impact of higher education on teacher professional development,” said Richard Crofts, interim president of the Council on Postsecondary Education. “The goals of this program are greatly enhanced through the partnerships between the faculty of the colleges of arts and sciences and teacher preparation programs with teachers and administrators in local school districts.”
The projects include:
• The Math and Science Partnership: Increasing Science Instruction and Achievement in Middle School Classrooms, Morehead State University, $140,000.
• West Kentucky Mathematics Partnership II, Murray State University, $140,000.
• E2: Enlivening and Energizing EPAS Professional Development, Northern Kentucky University, $140,000.
• Embedded Teacher Learning Through Online Modules: Leveraging Professional Development Resources in Kentucky, University of Kentucky, $135,000.
• Mathematics and Special Education, University of Kentucky, $140,000.
• Putting All Students on Track: A Partnership to Ensure Success in College Level Mathematics, University of Kentucky, $140,000.
• Science Literacy Project for Middle School Teachers, University of Kentucky, $140,000.
• Learning Capacity Advancement in Middle School Science and Mathematics, Western Kentucky University, $140,000.
In other business, the Council heard a six-year performance report on Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, a private, nonprofit organization advancing science, technology, entrepreneurship and innovative economic development in Kentucky. KSTC, which grew out of the Kentucky Innovation Act, implements the Council’s knowledge-based economic investments.
The report, presented by KSTC President Kris Kimel, highlighted strong and growing progress from a period beginning July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2008:
• Overall growth of the KBE portfolio to $50.4 million invested in 952 awards.
• 60 active contracts with negotiated payback terms with over $2.7 million in ROI from exits and conversions by 15 companies.
• Growth in follow-on funding generated by awardees to $653.8 million from venture, federal, and other private sources.
• Creation of 448 new companies and 4,100 new jobs among the Kentucky Enterprise Fund, the Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation, and the Kentucky Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).
• Intellectual property actions numbering 977 that include 519 patents, 34 provisional patents, 107 invention disclosures, 114 patent applications, one utility patent, 21 trade secrets, 49 copyrights, and 63 trademarks.
Also at the meeting, the Council:
• Heard from University of Kentucky President Lee Todd, chair of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Task Force, that a STEM business plan will be presented in December. Implementation plans are focusing on issues related to public awareness, professional development, partnership engagement and funding capacity.
• Approved a tuition and mandatory fee policy and a tuition-setting process for 2009-10.
• Discussed the current budget environment and the fiscal impact of budget cutbacks on the institutions.
• Heard from John Hall that the Presidential Search Committee received 45 applications. The committee interviewed 10 applicants and reduced the number to four.
Meeting materials are available on the Council Web site at http://cpe.ky.gov/about/cpe/meetings/2008/Nov72008CPEMtgAgenda.htm.