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U.S. Department of Education Awards $33 Million to Support Effective Educator Development

New Teacher Center and 13 other organizations receive the 2018 federal Supporting Effective Educator Development grant  


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SANTA CRUZ, CA New Teacher Center (NTC), a national nonprofit focused on improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders, was awarded a Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant on September 28, 2018. As noted by the Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, “the funding will allow these grantees to support more than 12,200 teachers and 1,300 principals during their grants.”

NTC will use these funds to help high-needs districts hire, develop, and retain highly effective teachers. These supports will start during a teacher’s pre-service experience and will continue throughout their first two years of teaching. NTC will focus their efforts in Chicago Public Schools and Miami-Dade County Public Schools to increase teacher retention and student achievement.

“High-needs districts particularly struggle to retain teachers, and this constant revolving door is a disservice to students,” acknowledged NTC CEO, Desmond Blackburn. “By focusing our efforts on these districts and providing quality supports and professional learning opportunities for educators, we’re helping teachers feel more effective and confident in their practice, which makes them want to stay.”

In what Department representatives have described as “the most competitive competition in the program’s history,” 14 grantees were awarded a SEED grant, totaling $33 million this year. Over the course of the three-year grant period, grantees will receive a total of over $108 million to increase educator effectiveness, elevate instructional practices, and advance student learning while building educational leaders.

Full list of grantees:

  • Alder Graduate School of Education
  • The College-Ready Promise
  • The Curators of the University of Missouri
  • East Carolina University
  • Florida State University
  • KIPP Foundation
  • New Teacher Center
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Florida Board of Trustees
  • University of Kansas
  • The University of Texas Austin
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • WestEd

NTC work in Chicago and Miami-Dade will begin in 2019, based on the proposed implementation timeline, and will continue through 2021.  

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