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Council on Postsecondary Education awards nearly $1.1 million in federal funds to improve teacher quality

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 14, 2011  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
502-573-1555
Cell: 502-330-6596
Sue.Patrick@ky.gov
 


The Council on Postsecondary Education awarded nearly $1.1 million in federal grant funding to eight education partnerships at its meeting last week at Morehead State University. The funds will provide professional development for P-12 teachers and administrators.

The Improving Educator Quality (IEQ) state grant program provides grants to partnerships that deliver research-based professional development programs. To be eligible, a partnership must include a postsecondary institution’s school of arts and sciences and its teacher preparation program, as well as at least one high-need local school district.

“These quality proposals integrate the new Common Core Standards and will help more students graduate from high school college and career ready,” said Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King.

The Council is focusing the 10th year of the IEQ program on projects that fully integrate the new Common Core Standards in ways that assists teachers in providing intervention in content areas for students in need of accelerated learning.

The projects, lead institutions, and grant awards are listed below.

  • Reading for the 21st Century: Improving Reading Comprehension through Project-Based Learning, Morehead State University, $135,000.
  • The Active Math Project: Increasing College Readiness through Hands-On Math Instruction in Middle and High School Classrooms, Morehead State University, $135,000, Year 2.
  • Developing Standards-Based Digital Content for Next Generation Learning, Murray State University, $90,000.
  • Continuous Assessment and Algebraic Thinking: Keys for Career and College Readiness, University of Kentucky, $140,000.
  • Special Education Math Cadre, University of Kentucky, $145,000, Year 2.
  • Preparing All Students for Success: Career and College Readiness, University of Kentucky, $145,000, Year 2.
  • Collaborative Teacher Training in Content Literacy, University of Louisville, $145,000, Year 2.
  • Readers Matter: Common Goals, Core Learning, and Set Standards for Achievement, Western Kentucky University, $145,000, Year 2.

More detailed descriptions follow.

Morehead State University: $135,000
Reading for the 21st Century: Improving Reading Comprehension through Project-Based Learning
Krista Barton, principal investigator

Morehead State University, in collaboration with Hazard Community and Technical College, will engage with 60 science, social studies, reading and special needs teachers in a professional development delivery system that begins with onsite data assessment meetings in every school followed by a summer institute. The project will enhance skills in recognizing reading difficulties and making appropriate content-based interventions or referrals for assistance in reading instruction. The project will also help teachers implement instructional practices, informed by scientifically based research, for teaching reading for comprehension in social studies and science. This project has been selected by Council staff as eligible for renewal for a second year based on adequate progress in the first year.

Morehead State University: $135,000—Year 2
The Active Math Project: Increasing College Readiness through Hands-On Math Instruction in Middle and High School Classrooms
Krista Barton, principal investigator

Morehead State University, in collaboration with Hazard Community and Technical College, will work with approximately 30 middle and high school math and math-collaboration special education teachers to fully integrate the Common Core Standards in ways that assist teachers in providing intervention in math for students in need of accelerated learning. This program will identify the students in need of intervention, implement instructional practices for teaching algebra with a focus on depth of knowledge in algebraic concepts, and will fully integrate assessment for learning models and strategies for teachers.

Murray State University: $90,000
Developing Standards-Based Digital Content for Next Generation Learning
Yuejin Xu, principal investigator

Murray State University, in collaboration with Madisonville Community College, will offer professional development to help mathematics teachers meet the requirements of the Common Core Standards and will cover effective uses for standards-based digital content for smart devices for students in need of accelerated learning. Through intensive summer training and online mentoring throughout the school year, participating teachers will gain insight into the new standards for mathematics and explore effective strategies for empowering their students to use standards-based digital content for smart devices. This project has been selected by Council staff as eligible for renewal for a second year based on adequate progress in the first year.

University of Kentucky: $140,000
Continuous Assessment and Algebraic Thinking: Keys for Career and College Readiness
Kimberly Zeidler-Watters, principal investigator

The University of Kentucky, in collaboration with the University of Louisville, will provide approximately 60 teachers with the content and strategies necessary for them to engineer effective classroom experiences for their students. The focus will be on deepening participating teachers’ understanding of the content and pedagogical content knowledge necessary to teach the algebra standards in middle and high school. Additionally, the project will address the foundational elementary standards necessary for success in algebra. This project has been selected by Council staff as eligible for renewal for a second year based on adequate progress in the first year.

University of Kentucky: $145,000—Year 2
Special Education Math Cadre
Kimberly Zeidler-Watters, principal investigator

The University of Kentucky will provide content and strategies for teachers to facilitate and develop effective classroom experiences for their students. The content focus will be on developing a deeper understanding for the teachers on number concepts as they relate to success in algebra necessary for special needs students to they are prepared for and can be successful in algebra courses. The proposal will target 60 regular and special education middle and high school mathematics teachers.

University of Kentucky: $145,000—Year 2
Preparing All Students for Success: Career and College Readiness
Kimberly Zeidler-Watters, principal investigator

The University of Kentucky, in collaboration with Western Kentucky University, will tie together important elements of Senate Bill 1 (2009) and Senate Bill 130 (2006) to help 60 teachers focus on integrating the Common Core Standards into preparation for the ACT EPAS exams in 8th, 10th, and 11th grades. In particular, this project will focus on literacy and language arts components of these standards and assessments. Specifically, the project will work with teachers to integrate literacy instruction into science classrooms with a focus on improving science achievement as measured by the EPAS exams.

University of Louisville: $145,000—Year 2
Collaborative Teacher Training in Content Literacy
Nicole Fenty, principal investigator

The University of Louisville will provide professional development for 25-30 general and special middle grades educators and instructional coaches. The project is designed to serve all students in reading/language arts including those diagnosed with disabilities. The objectives of the project include increasing teacher knowledge of the Common Core Standards in reading/language arts and facilitating increased use of research-based strategies for instruction and assessment for learning.

Western Kentucky University: $145,000—Year 2
Readers Matter: Common Goals, Core Learning, and set Standards for Achievement
Pamela Petty, principal investigator

Western Kentucky University, in collaboration with West Kentucky Community and Technical College, will provide an individualized professional development model that ensures integration of the Common Core Standards in content-area instruction and provides for literacy instruction that promotes college and career readiness for students. This professional development is a peer-review process that aids teachers in supporting literacy learners in their classrooms. It relies on goal setting and self-reflection to help teachers ensure that their classrooms are learning environments that support and develop literacy skills and strategies for learning.

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