ED Awards 24.8M to Strengthen a Diverse Teacher Workforce
In an announcement issued on September 12th, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released awards to 22 new grantees, amounting to $24.8 million. Awardees include three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Coppin State, Winston Salem State University, Prairie View A&M University) and one Minority Serving Institution (University of Texas at El Paso). In a statement released by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, the Department emphasized its commitment to educator preparation, “At the U.S. Department of Education, we recognize the value of supporting our nation’s educators, and we have a responsibility to provide resources and opportunities that promote a diverse educator workforce.” Awarded through the Teacher Quality Program (TQP), funds support programs for traditional preparation as well as fifth year study for certification, and for residency programs so that potential teachers with strong academic and professional backgrounds can enter the field. Central to the TQP program is a partnership between preparation programs and the high-need communities within which the preparation programs reside. To strengthen a diverse workforce, many awardees will include a Grow Your Own component to attract people within their communities to the field of education. CEC advocates for annual increases to funding for the TQP program to broaden its reach.
View the award announcement here.