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The Office of Higher Education Programs invites interested individuals to apply to serve as field readers evaluating grant applications submitted for funding in fiscal year 1999 for the Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants for States and Partnerships Progr

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Summary: The Office of Higher Education Programs invites interested individuals to apply to serve as field readers evaluating grant applications submitted for funding in fiscal year 1999 for the Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants for States and Partnerships Program. This program includes three new competitive grant programs that, together, are intended to improve teacher quality in America by effectively addressing the Nation's need to recruit and prepare teachers who have the skills and content knowledge needed to teach all children to high academic standards. The three programs include--State Grants to support the implementation of comprehensive statewide reforms to improve teacher quality, Partnership Grants to bring about fundamental change and improvement in traditional teacher education programs, and Teacher Recruitment Grants to reduce shortages of qualified teachers in high-need school districts.
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[Federal Register: March 22, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 54)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants for States and Partnerships
Program

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education; Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice inviting individuals to serve as field readers.

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SUMMARY: The Office of Higher Education Programs invites interested
individuals to apply to serve as field readers evaluating grant
applications submitted for funding in fiscal year 1999 for the Teacher
Quality Enhancement Grants for States and Partnerships Program. This
program includes three new competitive grant programs that, together,
are intended to improve teacher quality in America by effectively
addressing the Nation's need to recruit and prepare teachers who have
the skills and content knowledge needed to teach all children to high
academic standards. The three programs include--State Grants to support
the implementation of comprehensive statewide reforms to improve
teacher quality, Partnership Grants to bring about fundamental change
and improvement in traditional teacher education programs, and Teacher
Recruitment Grants to reduce shortages of qualified teachers in high-
need school districts.

DATES: Any individual interested in serving as a field reader should
mail or fax two copies of his or her resume to the address listed in
the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice no later
than April 2, 1999, indicating the program in which he or she is
interested in serving as a field reader. Resumes should not exceed two
pages.
Duties and Compensation of Field Readers: Field readers will review
applications according to the applicable published selection criteria.
Each field reader will serve for a period of approximately five days.
Each field reader who is selected will receive compensation for certain
travel expenses and an honorarium.
Field Reader Qualifications: The Department is seeking experienced
and knowledgeable professionals who collectively can review program
applications from a variety of perspectives on what is needed to
successfully prepare highly competent K-12 teachers. In this regard,
the Department seeks the help of interested professionals with
expertise in one or more of the following areas:
<bullet> State reforms in K-12 education, and teacher licensing,
certification, and testing of teachers.
<bullet> The accreditation of teacher preparation programs, and how
these programs can provide prospective teachers with both strong
teaching skills and academic content in the areas in which they will
teach.
<bullet> The teaching needs of K-12 school districts, and
particularly those with schools in high-poverty areas or that face
large teacher shortages.
<bullet> The support that new teachers need in their first few
years of teaching.
<bullet> Activities that can foster strong working relationships
between teacher preparation programs and the school districts and
schools in which teaching graduates will teach.
<bullet> The particular teaching needs of high-need school
districts.
<bullet> Management and governance issues related to the
development and sustainability of partnerships among teacher
preparation programs, schools of arts and sciences, and high-need
school districts.
<bullet> Other issues related to teacher licensure, certification,
preparation, and recruitment that must be addressed if new teachers are
to be able to enable all of their students to achieve high academic
standards.
Prospective field readers may come from State agencies,
institutions of higher education, local K-12 school districts, private
organizations, community service agencies, and other entities. Each
field reader must have the expertise necessary to assess accurately the
quality of a program application on the basis of the applicable
selection criteria. Application packages for prospective applicants
that include the program selection criteria may be accessed at the
following Internet site: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OPE/heatqp/
index.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Louis Venuto, Teacher Quality
Enhancement Program, Post Office Box 23764, Washington, D.C. 20026-
3764. Telephone: (202) 708-8847. Inquiries may be sent by e-mail to
Louis__Venuto@ed.gov or by fax to (202) 708-9272. Individuals who use a
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8
p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding
paragraph.

Electronic Access to This Document

Anyone may view this document, as well as all other Department of
Education documents published in the Federal Register, in text or
portable document format (pdf) on the World Wide Web at either of the
following sites:

http://ocfo.ed.gov/fedreg.htm
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To use the pdf you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader Program with
Search, which is available free at either of the previous sites. If you
have questions about using the pdf, call the U.S. Government Printing
Office toll free at 1-888-293-6498.
Anyone may also view these documents in text copy only on an
electronic bulletin board of the Department. Telephone: (202) 219-1511
or, toll free, 1-800-222-4922. The documents are located under Option
G--Files/Announcements, Bulletins and Press Releases.

Note: The official version of a document is the document
published in the Federal Register.

Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1021 et seq.

Dated: March 17, 1999.
Maureen A. McLaughlin,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 99-6935 Filed 3-19-99; 8:45 am]
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