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Improving Teacher Quality Grant Administration Meeting April 9, 2008. Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute. The Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program. Funded by Title II: Part A of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute
Funded by Title II: Part A of the
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
The goal of this program is to improve student academic achievement through initiatives grounded in scientific research that provide high-quality training for teachers.
Eligibility is limited to partnerships that, at a minimum, comprise:
(1) a private or public institution of higher education and the division of the institution that prepares teachers and principals;
(2) arts and sciences faculty; and
(3) a high-need local educational agency (LEA)
4 in Boston PS
2 each in Holyoke/Springfield & Worcester PS
1 each in Fitchburg, Lowell & Southbridge PS
2008 funding: $970,000 for new and $300,000 for continuing grants
American International College (SPS) Physics First! for Teachers
Boston University (BPS, CPS) Improving the Quality of Teaching Physics
Boston College (BPS, RPS) Providing In-Depth Teacher Prep in Science thru content training, PD, & access to inquiry based curriculum resources
Fitchburg State College (FPS, LPS) Science Content Institutes & Integrating Science Inquiry for Grades 5-12 Teachers
Wheelock College (BPS)Outdoor science: environmental Science Professional Development for Elementary Teachers
Framingham State College (SPS) Elementary Math and Its Connection to Technology and Engineering Design
Lesley University (HPS) Lesley-Holyoke Math Partnership
Tufts University (BPS) Problem Solving with Discrete Math
UML (Lowell-Bartlett School)Enhancing Math Collaboration: School-University Initiative for PD
College of the Holy Cross (WPS) Summer Math and Science Teacher Professional Development Workshops
Clark University (WPS) Curriculum and Knowing Program
Program management by DHE/Donahue Institute
Project management by grantees
(In preparation for Federal Audit in 2009.)
Fitchburg State College
Dates to be discussed later today.
DHE Website for Teacher Quality Resources:
ITQ Program Forms - Eileen
Evaluation Materials - Jean
On-line Reporting - Dave
*Program Administration Instructions
Contact Information Form(update as needed)
Expenditure Report Form
(need to complete both mid-year and end-of-year)
Budget Amendment Request Form
(if necessary (> 20%) and with 30 days notice)
Grant Extension Request Form
(if necessary and before 12/1/08)
The Project Director needs to manage all administration and reporting requirements for this grant and assume the final responsibility for meeting the terms and conditions set forth by the MDHE with respect to project and expenditure reporting. The director must oversee the ITQ partnership’s fiscal agent, use the ITQ forms, and comply with DHE expenditure and end-of-year reporting deadlines.
50% in Jan.
40% “in middle” (after most of 1st payment is spent and 1st expenditure report is received)
10% at end (after receipt of 2nd/final expenditure report)
An "equitable participation" requirement from Title IX of NCLB applies to the Improving Teacher Quality grants program.
Each grant project shall identify the nonprofit private schools that are located within the boundaries of the high-need LEA partner and “shall consult” with officials of these schools concerning design of and participation in the grant. You can ask LEA to help with this.
DHE will ask for evidence in the year-end report that an attempt was made to fulfill this requirement.
Is the public service and outreach arm of the UMass President’s Office.
Provides a broad range of services to federal, state, local public and non-profit organizations. Services include applied social science research and program evaluation.
Has experience evaluating statewide education initiatives for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and Department of Higher Education.
Has experience developing and implementing evaluation plans for professional development and other teacher-oriented activities at the local, regional, and state levels.
The Donahue Institute has been contracted by the Department of Higher Education to provide technical assistance and support services to ITQ grantees as well as to generate a state-level evaluation report of the ITQ program.
To these purposes we have developed data collection and evaluation frameworks, features and forms.
Standard Logic Model of Professional Development:
Improved Student Outcomes
PD and Related Support Activities
Growth in Participant Skills / Knowledge
ITQ Evaluation has multiple components:
Object of Evaluation
Project as a whole
Form of Evaluation
Testing / Quantitative
Feedback / Qualitative
Purpose of Evaluation
Formative – Related to improvement
Summative – Related to outcomes
*Evaluation Plan Worksheet*
Anonymous Identifier Note
Knowledge Gains Reporting Form
Participant Data Collection Form
Professional Development Activity Information Form
Participant Feedback Form
Year-end Report: Format and Requirements
Click here to begin report
AIC, Fitchburg, Lesley, UML, Wheelock
3. Time to talk and share ideas
by content area
by project type
4. Questions from you?
MA Department of Higher Education:
Eileen Lee (ITQ Program Director) (617) 994-6915
Jessica Cogswell (Financial Info.) (617) 994-6907
David Stewart (Web Interface) (617) 994-6943
UMass Donahue Institute:
Jean Supel (Research Manager for DHE Progams)
(508) 856-1210 email@example.com