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November 12, 2013
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CPE awards grants to improve P-12 educator quality

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2013) — The Council on Postsecondary Education awarded federal grant funds to improve P-12 educator quality through professional development programs at its meeting last week in Madisonville.

The Improving Educator Quality (IEQ) grants, totaling $839,000, were awarded to four lead institutions, including the University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University, Morehead State University and Murray State University. This is the 12th consecutive year for the grants.

“The more we improve teaching, the more we can improve student learning,” said Council President Bob King. “Each of these grants will support our campuses’ efforts to help public school teachers continue to increase college and career readiness of Kentucky’s students.”

The focus of the program this year is on fully integrating the Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards and related assessments in a way that assists teachers in providing intervention in content areas for students in need of accelerated learning.

To be eligible, a partnership must include a postsecondary institution’s school of arts and sciences, its teacher preparation program, as well as a high-need local school district.

The projects, lead institutions and grant awards are listed below.

♦ Success in Algebra: Improving Special Education Teaching Practice, University of Kentucky: $120,000—Year 2

♦ Collaborative for Inquiry-Based Instruction, Northern Kentucky University: $120,000—Year 2

♦ Algebraic Dynamic Duo: Integrating Hands-On Learning and Problem Solving to Increase Student Achievement, Morehead State University: $120,000—Year 2

♦ FLIP: Using Video Podcasts for Mathematics Instruction and Intervention, Northern Kentucky University: $120,000—Year 2

♦ Integrating Engineering in the Sciences (IES), University of Kentucky: $130,000

♦ Project-Based Investigations on Improving Water Quality in the Kentucky River Watershed, University of Kentucky: $130,000

♦ Enriching Science Learning through Simulations and Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving, Murray State University: $99,000

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