Iowa is one of 12 entities that has been awarded a grant for Teacher Quality Partnerships.  Iowa received $9 million of the total $99.8 million for the new five-year program.

The purpose of the grant is to raise student achievement by improving instruction in university teacher preparation programs as well as to create teacher residency programs for professionals from other fields entering the teaching profession.

The Iowa Department of Education will partner with the University of Northern Iowa, Stanford University School Redesign Network, and UCLA’s National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing.

Partners will work together to define emerging attributes of effective teaching and integrating those attributes into both teacher preparation programs and continued professional development for beginning and experienced teachers.

The grant, part of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s plan to raise student achievement by improving the quality of teaching, is a five-year grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.