Teacher Education Initiatives

The following opportunities are currently available:

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) TITLE II: Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals and Other School Leaders (formerly Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program)

As a federal program, the TITLE II: Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals and Other School Leaders (formerly Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program) operates under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Authority for the administration of this grant, as well as the identification and evaluation of grant proposals, resides with each state. In Kansas, the Kansas Board of Regents has been authorized to receive and distribute the federal funds appropriated for this program to be utilized by higher education institutions in partnership with high-need Local Education Agencies (LEAs). Guidance under the program allows for state flexibility in order to fulfill state priorities for increasing teacher content knowledge, supporting effective instruction, and all issues affecting teacher quality. Kansas Board of Regents awards sub grants to eligible partnerships that develop and deliver professional learning opportunities to educators.

Project Administration Information
FY17 Awards
Project Administration Information
FY16 Awards
 Project Administration Information
FY15 Awards
Request for Proposals (pdf) Participant Response Form (pdf)  Participant Response Form (pdf)
FY17 Application Forms (pdf) Project Activity Schedule (pdf)  Project Activity Schedule (pdf)
Progress Report (pdf)  Progress Report (pdf)
  Financial Report (xls)  Financial Report (xls)
  50% Rate Certification Form (pdf)  50% Rate Certification Form (pdf)
  Request for Change in Budget (xls)  Request for Change in Budget (xls)
  Final Performance Report (pdf)  Final Performance Report (pdf)


Program Administrators:

Karla Wiscombe, Ed.D
785.430.4279
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Kathleen Mercer
785.430.4274
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Teacher Education Competitive Grant Program

The Kansas Teacher Education Competitive Grant Program was established in 2007 through Kansas House Bill 2185 to increase the number of licensed teachers in hard-to-fill disciplines and/or underserved geographic areas of the state.

The Kansas Board of Regents administers this grant. State and municipal universities are eligible to apply for funds. These include: Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, University of Kansas, Wichita State University, and Washburn University. Institutions may use grant funds to create a new teacher education program or expand an existing program and must match grant funds on the basis of $1 from the institution to every $2 received from the grant.

This initiative, which provides resources to institutions, is contingent upon funds available in the Teacher Service Scholarship Program, which provides financial support for students pursuing teaching careers in Kansas.

The 2016 grant recipients were selected on established criteria and awarded to the following institutions:

INSTITUTION-Director PROJECT-Target areas Amount Awarded
Emporia State University
-Marjorie Bock
Teachers College Special Education Fellows (pdf)
-Special Education, Elementary & Secondary 
$84,340
Fort Hays State University
-Teresa Woods

In PLACE Education (Innovative Pathways to Licensure and Competency in El Ed.)-Elementary (pdf)

$104,033
Kansas State University
-Thomas Vontz
Kansas Transitions to Teaching (pdf)
-Elementary Education (Online Masters)
$182,330
Wichita State University
-Shirley Lafever-Davis
Teacher Apprentice Program (pdf)
 -Special Education, Elementary Education
$100,193
Washburn University
-Cherry Steffen
Paraprofessionals to Teachers (pdf)
-Special Education, Elementary & Secondary
$83,000
  Total:  $553,896

Questions about the Teacher Education Competitive Grant Program may be directed to:

Karla Wiscombe, Ed.D.
Director, Academic Affairs 
785.430.4282
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