For the second consecutive year, the William Carey University School of Education has been awarded a $90,000 grant for teacher quality improvement under Title II of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
The grant will fund a Teacher Leader Institute at the Tradition campus in Biloxi during June. Twenty teachers from partnering school districts on the Mississippi Gulf Coast will attend the institute as students in the university’s educational leadership program. Funds from the grant will be used to pay a stipend to participants as well as their tuition for the institute.
The goal of the institute is to increase student achievement through instructional leadership. The institute will provide opportunities for participants to analyze data specific to their core subjects and schools in order to improve their instructional practices to the rigorous levels required by new state standards. Participants will also prepare targeted and ongoing professional development for their schools.
Title II grants, which are awarded in Mississippi by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning, focus on preparing, training and recruiting high-quality teachers and principals. Twelve grants were awarded in the state this year.
In order to be considered for a grant, an institution had to partner with a local education agency, 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 agencies in addressing the needs of teachers and in developing sustainable, intensive and high-quality professional development activities.
Carey hosted the first Teacher Leader Institute in June 2015 at the Hattiesburg campus. Eighteen teachers from the Forrest County, Covington County, Marion County, Wayne County, Lamar County, Petal and Hattiesburg school districts attended the inaugural institute.
For more information on the Teacher Leader Institute, contact Dr. Noal Cochran, assistant professor of education, at (228) 702-1841 or by email at email@example.com.