The School District of Palm Beach County has been awarded two competitive grants under the Florida Teacher Quality Grants Program for a total of up to $3,000,000 for a three-year period from December 15, 2011 through August 31, 2014 from the Florida Department of Education.
In partnership with the College of Education and the Harriett L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), the District will implement the iTeach Geometry Partnership Project and the iTeach U.S. History Partnership Project to provide focused, content-rich comprehensive professional development to high school teachers of geometry and U.S. history, with a particular emphasis on teachers from Title I high schools. The annual instructional format for participating teachers includes graduate-level university coursework on Saturdays and during the summer to reinforce content knowledge and strengthen pedagogical skills related to the delivery of high-quality lessons to support student learning and achievement. The teacher education provided through this partnership will be research-based, rigorous, and specific to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) and for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
The goals established for these partnership projects are to improve and deepen content knowledge for geometry and U.S. history high school teachers; improve teachers use of research-based, NGSSS-focused instructional practices and pedagogy; and improve student achievement in geometry and U.S. history, particularly among the District’s low-income student populations. The ultimate purpose and anticipated long-term outcome is to increase student achievement on Florida End-of-Course assessments in geometry and U.S. history.
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