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Improving Educator Quality

The Improving Educator Quality (IEQ) grant program seeks to increase the academic achievement of all students through professional development initiatives that ensure K-12 teachers and administrators are highly qualified.

Previously named the Eisenhower Professional Development program for Math and Science, the IEQ gives the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) flexibility to fund professional development initiatives in all core academic subjects. The CPE issues a request for proposals annually and awards grants to partnerships that deliver research-based, job-embedded professional development to K-12 teachers. Currently, the priority areas for IEQ funding are: mathematics and science, reading, and foreign language. The IEQ program is supported by federal funds authorized by Title II, Part A of the No Child Left Behind Act. 




The IEQ Reading for the 21st Century project is an innovative year-long professional development program that harnesses the power of project-based learning to increase student achievement in 21st century college and career readiness skills. In it's second year, the project engages science, social studies, english-language arts, and special needs educators (from MSU's 22-county service region and beyond) in a 7-day intensive course. Participants utilize content-specific online and hands-on activities that include: spring-board texts, the steps of project-based learning and classroom technology.

Participating educators attend the 7-day intensive workshop during the summer, and benefit from follow-up coaching throughout the year. The educators utilize this research and innovative instructional strategies in their classrooms throughout the year, and reunite for an end-of-the-year "Share Fair" to showcase their victories and discuss the challenges they may have experienced over the duration of the project.

Participating schools are encouraged to engage students in collaborative learning activities including National History Day and Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) competitions.

Dynamic Duo Project

The Dynamic Duo Project, funded by the Council for Postsecondary Education, provides yearlong professional development to teachers, grades 6-9 from Adair, Boyd, Carter, Green, Greenup and Taylor counties. The project, targeting middle and high school math educators, focuses on applying scientifically researched instructional strategies, the Common Core Standards, to improve math achievement, specifically algebra. 

Content Experts from M3: Making Math Magic and project staff from Morehead State University’s 21st Century Education Enterprise will engage 29 middle and high school math and collaborating special education teachers in a professional development delivery system modeled on the Kentucky Reading Project. Teachers participate in a 7-day workshop at Lindsey Wilson College and KEDC over the summer, and receive follow-up coaching throughout the year.
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