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Grants are available for teachers to pay for
instructional support, mentoring teacher access and, if necessary
university tuition

Email us at info@thetlf.org if you want, or need, instructional and mentoring teacher support for specific classroom assignments paid for by a grant
(see over 100 subject-specific course material offerings at Teaching-Point.net catalog
or university courses at teacherpd.net)

Florida first to establish grant: The state of Florida was the first to establish a grant to pay for tuition in Expert Systems for Teachers online courses to better prepare in-service teachers for new and unavoidable out-of-field assignments. When the grant is fully subscribed, teacher tuition may be paid for with their district allocations of Title 1, 2a and 5, state professional development budget or other funding sources.

Here are links to the Post-Test Data Report and Enrollee Comments

Establish a grant in your state: The following is a suggestion for establishment of a dedicated grant fund, entitled the Highly-Effective Teacher Grant Fund, to be endowed through and managed by the Teaching and Learning Foundation. The grant fund will pay for the tuition and fees for K12 teachers with new or out-of-field assignments for an initial series of 100 online subject-specific professional development courses entitled Expert Systems for Teachers™ (EST) to certify them by subject.  Funding for this grant will come from foundations and states with like-minded goals.

The courses and materials will be offered through participating universities. All courses include the following elements: course syllabus, pacing guide, detailed daily lesson plans, editable assessments and keys, class notes (editable PowerPoint's) and access to a subject-specific e-mentor. A subject-area content mastery test and subject specific test will be administered at the conclusion of each course. 3 semester credits toward recertification and a designation of highly-qualified in the subject will be awarded upon attaining a passing grade in both tests.

The goals of this grant fund are as follow:

  1. Address the problem of the unequal distribution of highly-effective teachers by setting our state on the path to be first to have 100% of its teachers highly qualified leading to improved student achievement, Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), graduation rates, college and workforce readiness and economic development;
  2. Conform to the Federal No Child Left Behind mandate that all students be taught by a highly-qualified teacher;
  3. Reduce costs related to the recruitment (teacher shortage), development and retention of teachers.

Further goals are that:

All teachers with new or out-of-field assignments, core or elective, in any school district should be enrolled immediately upon assignment in the appropriate course in this series.  In this way the state (and the school districts) will be provided a path to achieve the goal of ensuring students have a highly-qualified, highly-effective teacher in every classroom.  

Individual states should have their own Highly-Effective Teacher Grant Fund. Depending upon the state under consideration for a grant fund, calculations for appropriate funding can be based on the following formula:

According to the latest (your state) Not Highly-Qualified Teacher (NHQT) Report, ____ thousands of K12 class periods are taught by NHQT’s.  With an average 25 students per period, that translates into _______ hundreds or thousands of student class periods taught by a NHQT.  Based on the average out-of-field assignment of 2 periods a day per teacher, the data indicates approximately ______ teachers (that number divided by 2) each year are unavoidably assigned out-of-field across all the districts.  Based on _______ teachers that are teaching classes while not highly qualified times an average tuition and fees of $1,700 would equal $__________ scholarship fund annually would achieve the goal of 100% of our teachers meeting highly qualified status each year.

Reducing teacher turnover (recruitment and retention) expense: Beyond achieving the goal of highly-qualifying 100% of teachers, an additional benefit of the scholarship fund will be lower teacher recruitment and retention expenses. This is based on the understanding that teachers will more likely stay in the classroom if supplied instructional, mentoring and certification support when given new or unavoidable out-of-field assignments.  Given that 100% of teachers have a new assignment as either a teacher just graduated from a school of education or as a second career teacher and given 50% of teachers leave the profession within 3-5 years, extending the average time in-service by one year or more will save the state approximately $30,000 per teacher (national average based on research reports) in reduced recruitment costs each year they stay in the classroom beyond the average.  Retaining 1 of 4 secondary teachers for one more year beyond the average 3-5 years (using the average of 4 years in the classroom before leaving, ________ teachers out of approximately _______ secondary teachers in the state) for just one more year will save the state $_________ annually (number of teachers x $30,000).

Please call to discuss the multiple benefits of this grant fund to your state.

White Paper: Path-to-Highly-Effective Teachers

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