Indiana University of Pennsylvania will receive $578,038 as part of a
grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education designed to reverse the
decline in new teacher graduation rates and to retain new teachers in the
million of grant funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education was
announced today by Pennsylvania Governor
IUP is one of three universities receiving
the Implementation-Expansion Grant Awards. This funding will be
used to develop and implement year-long residency programs for teachers, and to support new teachers in the first three years in the field.
This funding comes from the Pennsylvania’s
Every Student Succeeds Act Consolidated State Plan.
“IUP is extremely proud to receive funding for this
important initiative,” IUP President Michael Driscoll said. “Selection for
this grant is another testament to IUP's expertise in teacher and principal
education and training, and we look forward to partnering with the Pennsylvania
Department of Education to help qualified teachers and education leaders be
even better prepared for success in the commonwealth's public schools."
overarching goals of the project at IUP are threefold:
“This funding will be transformational,” Lara
Luetkehans, dean of the College of Education and Communications, said. “Our
proposal focused on both implementation and expansion of our current programs,
and part of this funding will go directly to students to support them in
participating in a year-long experience. The
funds will also be used to work with the other teacher-educator programs to
help them migrate to this model.
the responsibly of both higher education and school districts to prepare high-quality teachers. While that work begins at the
university, the efforts must continue in the educational settings. We are very
pleased and fortunate to have strong partnerships with school districts that
are committed to supporting teachers throughout their careers.
focus of the initiative is the diversification of our teaching workforce to be
more representative of the students that they serve."
Sue Rieg, dean’s associate for
Educator Preparation and director of Professional Development School
Partnerships, authored the grant, which was submitted in collaboration with
two urban school districts (Greater Johnstown and Pittsburgh), five area school districts (Indiana, Homer-Center, Penns Manor, Freeport, and Leechburg),
and the Armstrong-Indiana Intermediate Unit 28 (ARIN IU 28).
undergraduate educator preparation programs at IUP will be part of the project: Art Education (all levels), English grades
7–12, middle level grades 4 to 8 (all tracks), grades pre-kindergarten through
grade 4, mathematics grades 7 to 12, music education (all levels), science grades
7 to 12, special education pre-kindergarten through grade 8, special education grades
7 to 12, and social studies education grades 7 to 12. Reading specialist (all
levels), a graduate program, has also committed to participate.
four students in the Pittsburgh public schools have been selected to
participate in this immersion program through this grant.
graduate between 150 to 200 teacher candidates each year, so this program could
have a huge impact on the future, not only for our graduates, but for schools
in our region and in the commonwealth,” Rieg said. “The
opportunity to continue to mentor new teachers during the first three years of
work is incredibly important to their development and to the likelihood that
they remain in the profession.”