Grants to help high-need districts meet No Child Left Behind Highly Qualified Teacher requirements Texas A&M University will receive a $600,000 Transition to Teaching grant to help high-need school districts recruit and retain highly qualified mid-career professionals, including qualified para-professionals, and recent college graduates who have not majored in education to teach in its high-need schools, said U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings Wednesday.
"Teachers are widely recognized as the single most influential factor in students' academic success. Yet, urban, rural, disadvantaged and other high-need schools face challenges in recruiting highly qualified teachers, particularly in math and science," said Spellings.
"I am pleased the Department of Education has awarded this grant to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission," said U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson. "This funding will help ensure that high-need schools find qualified individuals to help meet their teaching needs and that will result in improved academic achievement for all students."
The program provides five-year grants to state and local education agencies, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education collaborating with states or school districts.
Grantees develop and implement comprehensive approaches to train, place and support teacher candidates whom they have recruited into their programs.
These programs must meet state certification or licensing requirements, and grantees must ensure that new teachers are placed in high-need schools and districts and supported for at least three years.
This fiscal year the Department will award approximately $8 million in new Transition to Teaching grant awards.