Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, November 07, 2006  
Contact Information:  Lee Nimocks
502-573-1555 ext. 244

            (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – At a meeting today in Frankfort, the Council on Postsecondary Education approved over $1 million in grant funding for postsecondary institutions to offer professional development for P-12 teachers and administrators. The Improving Educator Quality state grant program will fund eight projects serving more than 250 teachers in 55 Kentucky counties over 18 months beginning January 2007.

            The IEQ state grant program, currently in its fifth 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.

            The program funds training for teachers and administrators in any core academic subject. The council, with input from the Kentucky Department of Education, the Education Professional Standards Board and the state P-16 Council, established four priorities for IEQ funds: mathematics and science, reading, instructional leadership and foreign language.

            “We must continually improve the impact of higher education on teacher professional development,” said Tom Layzell, council president.“ To ensure more Kentuckians are prepared for postsecondary education, teachers must first be prepared for the classroom, especially in these priority areas.”

            The Council will host its first IEQ conference Nov. 13-14 at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington. The conference will focus on projects that are taking place in year four of the program. The goals of the conference are to share best practices and link former, current and new grantees for networking purposes.

            The newly-funded IEQ projects are as follows: 

  • Effectively Integrating the 3R’s:  Enhancing Mathematics Instruction and Achievement in Middle and High School Classrooms, Morehead State University: $145,000;
  • Change Over Time:  Environmental Problem Solving Using Mathematics/Science and Other Subjects—From Concept to Practice, Murray State University: $140,000;
  • ·Spanish Immersion, Mentoring and Exchange, Murray State University: $125,000;
  • Certifying World Language Teachers for Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University: $150,000;
  • Community-Based Science for Teachers, University of Kentucky: $120,000;
  • Developing and Assessing World Language Competence in Kentucky Schools, University of Kentucky: $115,000;
  • Making Nonlinear Algebra Accessible, University of Kentucky: $150,000; and
  • Central Kentucky Partnership for Developing Middle School Teachers’ Capacity to Increase Student Learning in the Physical Sciences, Western Kentucky University: $150,000.


For more information about the IEQ program, visit



Kentucky’s postsecondary and adult education system is improving the economic vitality of the Commonwealth and the lives of Kentuckians. By raising educational attainment to the national average by 2020, Kentucky will attract higher wage and knowledge-based business and industry and the overall quality of life for Kentuckians will improve with higher incomes and levels of employment, better health, less obesity, more volunteerism, and lower crime and public assistance rates.


Last Updated 11/7/2006