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Establishing State Grants for teachers to pay for
instructional support, mentoring teacher access and, if necessary
university tuition, through the Teaching and Learning Foundation Program

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 the tuition of the 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 a district's allocations of Title 1, 2a and 5, state professional development budget or other funding sources.

Here are links to the enrolled teacher's Post-Test Data Report and Enrollee Comments

Suggestion: Establish a dedicated grant in your state entitled the Highly-Effective Teacher Grant Fund, to be endowed through and managed by the Teaching and Learning Foundation. Grant funds 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 the Expert Systems for Teachers™.  Funding for this grant will come from foundations and states.

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. Teachers who pass these tests will receive continuing education credits toward recertification and a designation of highly-qualified in the subject upon attaining a passing grade in both tests.

The goals of this grant fund are as follow:

  1. Address the unequal distribution of highly-effective teachers by setting a state on the path to be the first to have 100% of its teachers highly qualified which leads to improved student achievement, Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), graduation rates, college and workforce readiness and economic development;
  2. Conform to the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 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 provide a path to achieve the goal of ensuring students have a highly-qualified, highly-effective teacher in every classroom.  

Individual states may have their own Highly-Effective Teacher Grant Fund (or some similar named budget). 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 who teach classes while not highly qualified multiplied by an average tuition and fees of $1,750 equals $__________ such an annual scholarship fund will insure that the 100% of our teachers meet highly qualified status each year.

Reducing teacher turnover (recruitment and retention) expense: Beyond achieving the goal that 100% of teachers are highly-qualified, 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 that 50% of teachers leave the profession within 3-5 years, extending the average in-service time by just one year or more will save the state approximately $20,000 per teacher (national average based on research reports) in reduced annual recruitment costs if they stay in the classroom beyond the average 3-5 years.  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 $20,000).

The Teaching and Learning Foundation looks forward to discussing the multiple benefits of this grant fund to your state.

White Paper: Path-to-Highly-Effective Teachers

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