Eligible Applicants: An eligible applicant must be an ``eligible partnership'' as defined in section 200(6) of the HEA. The term ``eligible partnership'' means an entity that--
(1) Shall include:
(i) A high-need LEA;
(ii)(A) A high-need school or consortium of high-need schools served by the high-need LEA, or
(B) As applicable, a high-need ECE program;
(iii) A partner institution;
(iv) A school, department, or program of education within such partner institution, which may include an existing teacher professional development program with proven outcomes within a four-year IHE that provides intensive and sustained collaboration between faculty and LEAs consistent with the requirements of title II of the HEA;
(v) A school or department of arts and sciences within such partner institution; and
(2) May include any of the following--
(i) The Governor of the State.
(ii) The State educational agency.
(iii) The State board of education.
(iv) The State agency for higher education.
(v) A business.
(vi) A public or private nonprofit educational organization.
(vii) An educational service agency.
(viii) A teacher organization.
(ix) A high-performing LEA, or a consortium of such LEAs, that can serve as a resource to the partnership.
(x) A charter school (as defined in section 5210 of the ESEA).
(xi) A school or department within the partner institution that focuses on psychology and human development.
(xii) A school or department within the partner institution with comparable expertise in the disciplines of teaching, learning, and child and adolescent development.
(xiii) An entity operating a program that provides alternative routes to State certification of teachers. Any of the mandatory or optional entities in the partnership may be the fiscal agent of the grant.
The Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) Grant Program aims to increase student achievement by improving the quality of new prospective teachers by enhancing the preparation of prospective teachers and the professional development activities for current teachers; holding teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education (IHEs) accountable for preparing highly qualified teachers; and recruiting effective individuals, including minorities and individuals from other occupations, into the teaching force.
Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: June 27, 2014.
Date of Pre-Application Webinars (all times are Washington, DC time): Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.Christine Miller, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 4C119, Washington, DC 20202-5950. Telephone: (202) 453-5680 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.If you use a TDD or a TTY, call the TDD/TTY number at 1-877-576-7734.