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Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program

Overview
Announcing: 2015/2016 Grant – Cycle 12
ITQ 2013/2014 Grant – Cycle 11
ITQ 2012 Grant – Cycle 10
ITQ 2011 Grant – Cycle 09
ITQ 2010 Grant – Cycle 08
ITQ 2009 Grant – Cycle 07
ITQ 2008 Grant – Cycle 06
Eligible Partnership Guidelines
Resources
Success Stories


Overview
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), under provisions of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act 2001 and Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ), has supported effective professional development activities for teachers for decades. The ITQ grant program supports teacher professional development and assists high-need Local Education Agencies (LEAs) develop highly effective teaching and learning strategies. The NCLB Act was signed into law Jan. 8, 2002. America’s educational system’s goal clearly states that every student should graduate from high school ready for college or a career. Grants support programs that provide conceptual understanding in core academic areas and content-rich professional development for teachers, principals and highly qualified paraprofessionals.  The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) is the authorized state agency for higher education (SAHE) in Oklahoma. For more information, contact Dr. Goldie Thompson at gthompson@osrhe.edu or 405.225.9143.

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Announcing: ITQ 2015/2016 Grant – Cycle 12
2015/2016 Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program Request for Proposal (RFP) Statewide Initiative Grant (PDF, 379k)
2015/2016 Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program Appendices (PDF, 314k)
2015 Oklahoma Highly Qualified Teacher and High Need LEA Data (PDF, 14k)

OSRHE Video Conferencing Form (PDF, 69k)

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ITQ 2013/2014 Grant – Cycle 11

Detailed Teacher Quality State Grant Program Grant Overview: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program (ITQ) 2013 and 2014 ITQ Grants
Cameron University – The CONNECTS (Cameron Organizing New Networks of Educators Changing Teaching and Student) Grant focus is to improve student achievement by improving the teaching/learning process through well-prepared and effective instructional leaders.

East Central University – The 21st Century Instructional Leadership Grant is designed to improve instructional leaders’ ability to analyze student assessment. All strategies, techniques and information presented will focus on developing and enriching participants’ understanding of effective instructional leadership practices.

Northeastern State University – The NSU Chemistry and Physics Academy Grant will provide research-based professional development for certified science teachers who want to become certified to teach chemistry and physics and teacher candidates in biology, physical science or earth science.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University – The NWOSU ToPPS III & IV Grant will provide opportunities for middle school and high school physics/physical science teachers to increase their content knowledge, use research-based instructional strategies, integrate engineering concepts into physical science curricula, and integrate technology and mathematical tools into instruction.

Oklahoma Christian University – The Oklahoma Geometry and Algebra Project (OGAP) Grant will provide Oklahoma Algebra I, geometry and Algebra II teachers with rigorous curriculum resources and strategies which in turn will raise a cognitive demand to enhance all students’ mathematical preparation.

Southwestern Oklahoma State University – With the KESAM SP Grant (K-8 Scholars Appreciating Mathematics, Statewide Partnerships project model quality implementation of State Common Core Standards), significant literacy component is seamlessly interwoven with daily activities.

University of Central Oklahoma – The Leading The Change to Common Core State Standards project will significantly impact how principals build content knowledge to encourage and assess teacher behaviors that most effectively impact student learning outcomes as measured by the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Evaluation System.

The University of Tulsa – The Oklahoma State Science Initiative Grant provides quality professional development for elementary school teachers in eastern and western Oklahoma. Objectives of the program are to enhance teachers' knowledge of science content and cultivate their ability to present interdisciplinary science lessons within the context of State Common Core Standards.

Map of Oklahoma Higher Education Institutions That Have Been Awarded and School Districts That Will Be Served by the 2013 ESEA Teacher Quality Grant Program (JPG, 5.4m)

Concept Map Training Video (large file, may take several seconds to load)

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ITQ 2012 Grant – Cycle 10 – Post-Award Information
2012 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Workshops (PDF, 188k)
Map of Oklahoma Higher Education Institutions That Have Been Awarded and School Districts That Will Be Served by the 2011 NCLB Teacher Quality State Grant Program, FY 2010 (JPG, 1.9m)

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ITQ 2011 Grant – Cycle 09 – Post-Award Information
2011 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Workshops (PDF, 92k)
Map of Oklahoma Higher Education Institutions That Have Been Awarded and School Districts That Will Be Served by the 2011 NCLB Teacher Quality State Grant Program, FY 2010 (JPG, 1.9m)

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ITQ 2010 Grant – Cycle 08 – Post-Award Information
2010 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Workshops (PDF, 37k)
Map of Oklahoma Higher Education Institutions That Have Been Awarded and School Districts That Will Be Served by the 2010 NCLB Teacher Quality State Grant Program, FY 2009 (JPG, 1.1m)
Participant Commitment Form (Excel, 56k)

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ITQ 2009 Grant – Cycle 07 – Post-Award Information
2009 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Workshops (PDF, 36k)
Map of Oklahoma Higher Education Institutions That Have Been Awarded and School Districts That Will Be Served by the 2009 NCLB Teacher Quality State Grant Program, FY 2008 (JPG, 1m)

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ITQ 2008 Grant – Cycle 06 – Post-Award Information
2008 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Workshops (PDF, 38k)
Map of Oklahoma Higher Education Institutions That Have Been Awarded and School Districts That Will Be Served by the 2008 NCLB Teacher Quality State Grant Program, FY 2007 (JPG, 1.1m)

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Eligible Partnership Guidelines
In accordance with federal statute, the State Regents award Title II, Part A grants to eligible partnerships. A partnership must include, at a minimum: (1) a private or public institution of higher education (IHE) and the division of the institution that prepares teachers and principals; (2) a school of arts and sciences that awards baccalaureate degrees; AND (3) a high-need local education agency (LEA). The education department (Partner #1) and the school of arts and sciences (Partner #2) may be housed within the same IHE.

The partnerships will use the funds to conduct professional development activities in core academic subjects to ensure that teachers, highly qualified paraprofessionals and (if appropriate) principals have subject-matter knowledge in the academic subjects they teach, including computer-related technology to enhance instruction.

A high-need LEA is defined by the U.S. Department of Education as: (A) an LEA that serves not fewer than 10,000 children from families with incomes below the poverty line OR for which not less than 20 percent of the children served by the agency are from families with incomes below the poverty line AND (B) an LEA for which there is a high percentage of teachers not teaching in the academic subjects or grade levels that the teachers were trained to teach OR for which there is a high percentage of teachers with emergency, provisional or temporary certification or licensing.

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Resources
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) (external link)
Department of Education – Office of Innovation and Improvement: Teacher Quality Partnership Grants Program Notice – FY 2009 Application for Grants Under the Teacher Quality Partnership Grants Program (external link)
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (external link)
IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) (external link)
IDEA: Questions and Answers on Highly Qualified Teachers (external link)
No Child Left Behind (external link)
No Child Left Behind: A Toolkit for Teachers
(external PDF file)
Oklahoma Parent Information and Resource Center (external link)
Online Math and Science Resources (external link)
Private School Resource Link (external link)
Request for Applications – Fiscal Year 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (FY09-ARRA) (external link)
Title II Guidance
(external Microsoft Word file)
Title II Statutory Language for the Teacher Quality Partnership Grants (PDF, 164k)
U.S. Department of Education (DOE) (external link)
U.S. DOE Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (external link)
U.S. DOE Publications (external link)
U.S. DOE Resources for Teachers
(external link)

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Success Stories

Photo of demonstration of mind map.University of Oklahoma – Every Student Succeeds
Teacher testimonial from Brandi Baugh: "I wanted to let you know that I thouroughly enjoyed the OK Writing Project: Writing Across the Curriculum Class I took this summer with Pricilla Griffith. The class provided me with so many resources and lesson plans for writing. I was able to make my students' minds come alive and they became inspired to try harder in their writing and make their stories and essays dance with creative language. I am sorry to hear there is not enough funding for the writing project this year. I was planning on highly recommending it to my co-workers. Thank you so much for your time!"

View more photos from Every Student Succeeds.

Attendee at KESAM 2012.KESAM 2012 Summit
The KESAM Oklahoma K-8 Mathematics Summit for key stakeholders and leaders interested in improving Oklahoma mathematics instruction and student performance was held Saturday, March 3, at the Oklahoma History Center Chesapeake Room in Oklahoma City.

Dr. John Woods, director of Kindergarten through Eighth Scholars Appreciating Mathematics (KESAM) and Southwestern Oklahoma State University mathematics professor emeritus, invited the public to take a brief look at K-8 professional development in mathematics that is having a significant impact on teachers, students and school districts across Oklahoma. The summit included an opportunity to discuss needs, barriers and low-cost solutions to many of the problems in student mathematics performance statewide.

Attendees of KESAM 2012.KESAM has been developed through the continuing support of the U.S. Department of Education, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, SWOSU, Northeastern A&M College, Carl Albert State College and more than 100 public schools across Oklahoma. The summit included 90 teachers from around Oklahoma

SWOSU President Randy Beutler gave the welcome and introductions, and typical KESAM work sessions were held afterwards. This was followed by K-8 teachers reporting on recent experiences and a question/answer session.

View more photos from the 2012 KESAM Summit.

"Reading + Writing = Increased Math Skills" Presentation at Association of Teacher Educators National Conference
The Association of Teacher Educator's 2012 Annual Meeting, held Feb. 11-15 at the Grand Hyatt, San Antonio, Texas, was a huge success with many favorable comments from attendees. One of our Improving Teacher Quality State Grant Program subgrant recipients from East Central University had an opportunity to present her grant at the conference. Dr. Brenda Walling, dean, College of Education and Psychology, presented on Reading + Writing = Increased Math Skills.

Photo of SENSEsational program participants.The University of Tulsa – SENSEsational Science and Educational Workshops Across the State
SENSEsational Science and Educational Workshops Across the State and its program director, Dr. Robert Howard, received a Great Inspirations Award at the 2011 State of Creativity Awards. The Great Inspirations Award recognizes and publicizes Oklahomans’ creative endeavors, solutions or activities as both a stimulus and an example for other corporations, organizations, communities or educational institutions at the annual Oklahoma Creativity Forum.

View more photos from the SENSEsational program.

Oklahoma State University – Beyond Read Aloud
The proposed project "Beyond Read Aloud" is a collaboration among Oklahoma State University faculty and seven public school districts in northwestern Oklahoma. The goal is to increase science content knowledge of young children, including ELL and DD students. Objectives include to:

  1. Increase the teaching and learning of science through language arts.
  2. Increase teachers’ sense of self-efficacy in meeting the needs of ELL.
  3. Improve teachers’ understanding of the benefits of inclusion.
  4. Develop a community of learners that supports teachers’ collaboration.

Professional development training includes hands-on activities and classroom resources. Teachers will engage in experiential activities in order to learn how to teach science and language arts in an integrated way, meeting state standards.  Individual follow-up training will promote implementation of instructional strategies. The electronic community of learners will promote the sharing of ideas and experiences.

For more information, visit http://humansciences.okstate.edu/news-archive/1-latest/340-beyond-read-aloud.

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