WBIW Writer | March 18, 2017
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has awarded more than $900,000 to four Indiana colleges and nine school corporations as part of the federal Improving Teacher Quality Partnership program.
The competitive two year grant matches colleges with high-need school districts to support teacher professional development in an effort to increase student academic achievement.
"Having an engaged and effective teacher in the classroom is one of the strongest factors in ensuring our students are successful in school and in life," said Teresa Lubbers, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education. "This grant gives current Indiana teachers the opportunity to work closely with our colleges to expand their skill set and bring new and innovative practices into the classroom."
Of the eight Indiana colleges that applied, four were selected to receive the grant for the 2017-18 school year: Ball State University, Butler University, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame.
The colleges will partner with nine school districts: Brown County Schools, Edinburgh Community School Corporation, Indianapolis Public Schools, Marion Community Schools, Michigan City Area Schools, Muncie Community Schools, Randolph Central School Corporation, South Bend Community School Corporation and Yorktown Community Schools. See program descriptions below for details.
"Great and effective teachers in the classroom produce strong and successful students," said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. "This partnership between higher education institutions and local school districts will create valuable opportunities and I am excited to see the product of their hard work."