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20 AACTE Member Institutions Receive 2019 Teacher Quality Partnership Grants
(October 10, 2019, Washington, D.C.) – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) celebrates its 20 member institutions that received the 2019 Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grants from the U.S. Department of Education announced last week. With grants totaling more than $20 million, the TQP is the only federal initiative dedicated to strengthening educator preparation at institutions of higher education.
“AACTE celebrates all of the grant recipients, especially our 20 AACTE member institutions, because our members work year-round to advocate for continual funding for this critical initiative,” said Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE president and CEO. “With so much volatility on Capitol Hill, we view the consensus to support teacher preparation programs as a huge victory. TQP grants empower our members to extend and elevate their innovative and exemplary work.”
Eligibility for the 2019 TQP grants required applicants to have programs designed to prepare computer science teachers as well as the STEM fields overall, and to take place in a Qualified Opportunity Zone as designated by the Internal Revenue Service. AACTE member institutions that received the grants are
The grant program addresses the national teacher shortage by preparing teachers in high needs fields to teach in high need schools. Grantees focus on either the undergraduate or graduate level, extending clinical practice to a full year or creating a residency program. This best practice is supported by two AACTE reports, Special Education Tenets of Clinical Practice and A Pivot Toward Clinical Practice, Its Lexicon, and Renewing the Profession of Teaching. Graduates receive at least two years of induction, which research shows supports teachers in remaining in the classroom after their novice years.
AACTE eagerly anticipates reporting the stories of impact its 20 member institutions will create as they embark on revolutionizing education in their local communities.
AACTE: The Leading Voice on Educator PreparationThe American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are profession-ready as they enter the classroom. Nearly 800 member institutions include public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Through advocacy and capacity building, AACTE promotes innovation and effective practices that strengthen educator preparation. Learn more at www.aacte.org.