FRANKFORT, KY (11/16/12) – For the 11th consecutive year, the Council on Postsecondary Education awarded federal grant funds to improve P-12 educator quality through professional development programs.
The Improving Educator Quality (IEQ) grants, totaling $895,000, were awarded to four lead institutions, including Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University and University of Kentucky.
Included in the proposals are partnerships with the University of Louisville, Hazard Community and Technical College, Madisonville Community College, the Kentucky Center for Mathematics, Thomas More College, as well as local high-need school districts.
“These partnerships are breaking new ground in priority content areas, and as a result, more high school students will graduate college and career ready,” said Council President Bob King.
The focus of the program this year is on fully integrating the Common Core Standards by assisting teachers in providing intervention in content areas for students in need of accelerated learning, which helps successful students advance to the next stage and helps struggling students catch up.
To be eligible, a partnership must include a postsecondary institution’s school of arts and sciences, its teacher preparation program, as well as a high-need local school district.
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 help them to learn to effectively use 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 to better serve their students of the digital generation.
Information provided by the Council on Postsecondary Education
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