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Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) Grant Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    USED OESE Effective Educator Development Programs Office


    The TQP Grant Program aims to increase student achievement by improving the quality of new teachers and prospective teachers through enhanced preparation of prospective teachers and professional development activities for new teachers; holding teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education (IHEs) accountable for preparing teachers who meet applicable State certification and licensure requirements; and recruiting individuals with strong content knowledge or a record of professional accomplishment, including minorities and individuals from occupations other than education, into the teaching force.

    In the FY 2020 TQP competition, the department will only support projects that prepare teachers through the implementation of teacher residency programs. Additionally, for 2020 this program contains one absolute priority, two competitive preference priorities, and one invitational priority.

    Absolute Priority: Partnership Grants for the Establishment of Effective Teaching Residency Programs.

    Partnerships must carry out an effective teaching residency program that includes all of the following activities:

    • Supporting a teaching residency program (further described in the solicitation) for high-need subjects and areas, as determined by the needs of the high-need LEA in the partnership;
      • Placing graduates of the teaching residency program in cohorts that facilitate professional collaboration, both among graduates of the teaching residency program and between such graduates and mentor teachers in the receiving school;
      • Ensuring those teaching residents who participate in the teaching residency program receive—
        • Effective pre-service preparation (as further described in the solicitation);
        • Teacher mentoring;
        • Support required through the induction program as the teaching residents enter the classroom as new teachers; and
        • The preparation described below:
          • Incorporate year-long opportunities for enrichment, including—
            • Clinical learning in classrooms in high-need schools served by the high-need local educational agency in the eligible partnership, and identified by the eligible partnership; and
            • Closely supervised interaction between prospective teachers and faculty, experienced teachers, principals, other administrators, and school leaders at early childhood education programs (as applicable), elementary schools, or secondary schools, and providing support for such interaction.
          • Integrate pedagogy and classroom practice and promote effective teaching skills in academic content areas.
          • Provide high-quality teacher mentoring.

    Competitive Preference Priority 1Spurring Investment in Qualified Opportunity Zones (Up to 3 points). Under this priority, an applicant must demonstrate that the area in which the applicant proposes to provide services overlaps with a QOZ, as designated by the Secretary of the Treasury under section 1400Z–1 of the Internal Revenue Code. An applicant must— (a) Provide the census tract number of the QOZ(s) in which it proposes to provide services; and (b) Describe how the applicant will provide services in the QOZ(s).

    • Note: To receive competitive preference points under this priority, applicants must provide the Department with the census tract number of the Qualified Opportunity Zone(s) they plan to serve and describe the services they will provide. For the purposes of this TQP competition, applicants should consider the area where the partner LEA(s) serves to be the area that must overlap with a QOZ; an LEA may be considered to overlap with a QOZ even if only one high-need school included in the project in the proposed TQP grant application is located in a QOZ.

    Competitive Preference Priority 2Applications from New Potential Grantees (0 or 3 points). Under this priority, an applicant must demonstrate that it has never received a grant, including through membership in a group application submitted in accordance with 34 CFR 75.127–75.129, under the program from which it seeks funds.


    History of Funding

    Approximately $37,000,000 was available in total funding for FY19. Information regarding previous awards is available at:

    Additional Information

    High-need local educational agency (LEA) means an LEA—

    • (1) For which not less than 20 percent of the children served by the agency are children from low-income families; (2) That serves not fewer than 10,000 children from low-income families; (3) That meets the eligibility requirements for funding under the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program under section 5211(b) of the ESEA; or (4) That meets eligibility requirements for funding under the Rural and LowIncome School (RLIS) program under section 5221(b) of the ESEA; and—
    • (1) For which there is a high percentage of teachers not teaching in the academic subject areas or grade levels in which the teachers were trained to teach; or (2) For which there is a high teacher turnover rate or a high percentage of teachers with emergency, provisional, or temporary certification or licensure. 

    Novice applicant means any applicant for a grant from the Department that—

    • Has never received a grant or subgrant under the program from which it seeks funding;
    • Has never been a member of a group application that received a grant under the program from which it seeks funding; and
    • Has not had an active discretionary grant from the Federal Government in the five years before the deadline date for applications under the program.

    In the case of a group application submitted, a group that includes only parties that meet the requirements listed above will meet meed the novice applicant definition. 

    Additional definitions are available in the program solicitation.


    Mia Howerton

    Mia Howerton
    400 Maryland Ave, SW
    Washington, DC 20202
    (202) 205-0147

  • Eligibility Details

    Applicants must be "eligible partnerships" defined as:

    • Must include:
      • A high-need LEA, including:
        • A high-need school or consortium of high-need schools served by the high-need LEA, or
        • As applicable, a high-need ECE program;
      • A partner institution;
        • A school, department, or program of education within such partner institution, which may include an existing teacher professional development program with proven outcomes within a four-year IHE that provides intensive and sustained collaboration between faculty and LEAs consistent with the requirements of title II of the HEA;
        • A school or department of arts and sciences within such partner institution; and
    • May additionally include any of the following:
      • The Governor of the State
      • The State educational agency
      • The State board of education
      • The State agency for higher education
      • A business
      • A public or private nonprofit educational organization
      • An educational service agency
      • A teacher organization
      • A high-performing LEA, or a consortium of such LEAs, that can serve as a resource to the partnership
      • A charter school
      • A school or department within the partner institution that focuses on psychology and human development
      • A school or department within the partner institution with comparable expertise in the disciplines of teaching, learning, and child and adolescent development
      • An entity operating a program that provides alternative routes to State certification of teachers.

    Please note that any of the mandatory or optional entities in the partnership may be the fiscal agent of the grant. Further, an LEA includes a public charter school that operates as an LEA. 

    Deadline Details

    The optional Notice of Intent to apply is due by June 17, 2020. Applications are to be submitted by July 2, 2020. This program occurs on a biennial cycle, a similar deadline is anticipated for 2022.

    Award Details

    Approximately $9,000,000 is available in total funding for FY20. Awards will range between $500,000 and $1,500,000 but the average award will be approximately $750,000 for the first year of the project. Between 10 and 15 awards are expected. Awards years two, three, four, and five are subject to project continuation approval and availability of funds. Cost sharing/matching of 100% is required, this may be provided as cash or in-kind.

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