The purpose of the TQE Grants Program for Teacher Recruitment is to address the challenge of the teacher shortage in the United States by making significant and lasting systemic changes in the way teachers are recruited, prepared, and supported to teach in high-need schools. ED’s goal is that these systemic changes lead to important improvements in the supply of well-trained and highly qualified teachers. Successful applicants will list the critical needs of the participating high-need LEAs for recruiting and preparing highly competent teachers and will provide specific details about the districts that will be served. Applicants are expected to identify pools of potential teachers who can meet the LEAs’ needs. Teachers should be recruited from these pools through organized, well-designed outreach efforts. The submitted proposal should explain how the applicant will ensure that students enrolled in teacher preparation programs will receive high-quality instruction. These programs should include improved subject matter content knowledge and teaching skills, so that teachers are well prepared to teach the subjects they will be hired to teach. Such preparation will require collaboration on the college campus between the school of arts and science and the school of education. The project also should address technology in the training of teachers to enable them to integrate technology into curriculum and instruction. ED expects to make approximately 20 of these awards, with an estimated value for each ranging from $650,000 to $1.1 million.
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