School of Education receives grant to fund Teacher Leader Institute

The William Carey University School of Education has received a grant to provide training for teachers in several coastal school districts. 


WCU received the $97,139 Improving Teacher Quality grant under Title II of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This is the third year Carey has received a grant through the program, and the second consecutive year the grant has been based on WCU’s Tradition campus.


The purpose of Title II grants such as this is to assist educational institutions with the recruitment and training of high-quality educators and educational administrators. Title II grants are awarded in Mississippi by the board of trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning.


The WCU project is focused on assisting aspiring instructional leaders through a Teacher Leader Institute in partnership with Bay St. Louis-Waveland, Biloxi, Gulfport, Hancock County, Harrison County, Jackson County, Long Beach, Moss Point, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, Pass Christian, and Stone County school districts. The institute’s primary goal is to increase student achievement through instructional leadership. 


The 2017 institute will meet from June 1-28 and will provide opportunities for participants to analyze best practices and data specific to their core subjects and schools. This will help teachers improve their instructional practices to meet the rigorous levels required by new state standards. Participants also will prepare targeted and ongoing professional development for their schools, develop best practices trainings, and learn instructional motivation techniques.


Twenty-five teachers from the partnering districts will have the opportunity to attend the institute. Grant funds will be used to pay their tuition for the institute and a stipend.


“We are incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to participate in such a practice-altering program as this,” said Dr. Noal Cochran, director of education for the Tradition campus. “The fact this is the third consecutive year William Carey University has been awarded such a grant is a testimony to the work of the faculty, trainers, previous grant participants, assisting consultants and the support of Dr. Susan Lee at the State Institutions of Higher Learning.” 


In order to be considered for the grant, an institution must partner with a local education agency (LEA), such as a school district, and submit a project adequately addressing the College and Career Readiness Standards by assisting teachers in adopting the new standards. Priority consideration was given to projects partnering with high-need LEAs in addressing the needs of teachers and in developing sustainable, intensive and high-quality professional development activities.