U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced on Oct. 1 the award of $43 million for 28 new five-year Teacher Quality Partnership grants to improve instruction in struggling schools. These grants will be used to reform traditional university teacher preparation and teacher residency programs.


“The Obama Administration is committed to giving teachers the support they need to succeed in the classroom,” Secretary Duncan said.  “The Teacher Quality Partnership grants will improve student academic achievement by strengthening teacher preparation, training and effectiveness and help school districts attract potential educators from a wide-range of professional backgrounds into the teaching profession.”


National Louis University is listed as one of the 28 recipients selected to receive this award, and it is scheduled to receive $2.9 million to fund a teaching residency program.


“The teaching residency program follows a medical model in which residents are placed in schools with extensive induction and support,” said the Department of Education in a prepared statement. “All programs include rigorous candidate selection criteria, a commitment to recruiting candidates from diverse populations, and extensive and ongoing support for teacher candidates. Teaching residents are paid a living wage and expected to teach for three years in the partnering high-need schools.”


“Highly effective teaching is crucial to student success,” Secretary Duncan said.  “These grants offer an opportunity to develop new models for how teachers are prepared and supported. They will create and implement a variety of pathways, including the teaching residency model, to bring talented individuals in to the classroom. This investment will reap long-term benefits for schools and children.”