Teacher Quality Enhancement
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About the Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant | Personnel

The TQEG was awarded to MSU in fall 2003 to fund a multi-year program to assess teacher education at MSU and make reccommendations regarding its improvement. This program was designed to continue a process of reform that began in 1999 with a university-wide Teacher Education Task Force. Among other recommendations, members of that Task Force encouraged participation in STEP (Standards-based Teacher Education Programs). A three-year federal grant, STEP helped fund a number of important revisions in our teacher education program. Since 1999, many new TEP practices and course proposals have been created to better prepare our students to teach Kentucky Department of Education core content.

After the STEP grant was completed, MSU was awarded a multi-year Teacher Quality Grant to assess the effectiveness of our recent reforms in teacher education, especially as they relate to instruction of the KDE core content. The grant was intended to enhance faculty understanding of the requirements for new teachers in Kentucky, to increase collaboration among MSU's teacher education departments, and to increase collaboration between MSU and public schools. Personnel from all levels of public education and the university's four colleges were involved.  For a complete list of grant personnel during 2005-2006, please follow the link above.

The MSU TQEG included:

  1. Departmental meetings with all personnel involved in the instruction of Kentucky Department of Education core content. Professors were familiarized with the state requirements for new teachers, including the Kentucky Core Content for Assessment, Program of Studies, the six KERA Goals, and the Implementation Manual. Each participant also received a copy of "Teaching to Proficiency and Beyond," a CD-ROM prepared by the state.
  2. Detailed Data Collection from each of the MSU's teacher education departments. Based upon survey data, all required courses within a teacher education department were matched with specific strands of Kentucky Core Content for Assessment (KCCA).  Professors were also asked to indicate the type of teaching methodologies they employ in teaching each KCCA strand. All data was compiled in a Comprehensive Alignment Matrix (.pdf), to identify any gaps between university curriculum and state P-12 curriculum.
  3. Teacher Work Sample (TWS) Study. Four KTIP groups in the TWS pilot program reflected on their experiences and how the TWS compares to portfolios that it will replace.
  4. An Advisory Council. This forum included all levels of public school instruction and administration and faculty from each of the university's four colleges. At least one public school practitioner and one MSU participant had special education teaching experience. The Council met twice a year to review ongoing projects, and to provide suggestions for improvement.
  5. A biannual newsletter during the grant period reporting on TQEG progress and teacher education at MSU. 
  6. The creation of this web site. 
  7. Professional Development sessions for MSU teacher educators, area teachers, and education majors. Activities included sending education majors to relevant conferences in their field, workshops by ETS on Praxis Preparation, and a conference on School Improvement with Dr. Willard Daggett (.ppt).

The 2003-2006 Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant at Morehead State has been completed. Additional final documentation of our efforts includes the following:

Year 3 Report

Summative Report (.pdf) and Timeline (.pdf)