Outlook

Bush Foundation grant targets teacher effectiveness

Monday, January 25, 2010

St. Cloud State is among 14 universities and colleges in Minnesota and the Dakotas chosen to take part in a $40 million Bush Foundation partnership focused on increasing teacher effectiveness. The Foundation awarded St. Cloud State $125,000 last summer to participate in the planning stage of its Teacher Preparation and Effectiveness Initiative and announced in December that as much as $4.5 million more will go to St. Cloud State if certain milestones are achieved through 2017.

The Foundation expects participating institutions to produce at least 25,000 new, effective teachers in the next 10 years, to increase by 50 percent the number of students on track to earn a degree after high school and to eliminate any disparities among diverse student groups. “St. Cloud State’s research-based innovation in teacher preparation has been recognized widely while our recent co-teaching approach to teacher development is becoming a national model,” said President Earl H. Potter III. “But new challenges are reshaping the needs that we have to meet, and one institution cannot tackle this challenge alone. We are excited to be part of this groundbreaking partnership.” Campus co-directors are Kathy Ofstedal, assistant professor of Child and Family Studies, and Rebecca Krystyniak, associate professor of chemistry.

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