Menendez Announces $10.8 Million In Education Funding Over A 5 Year Period For William Paterson University In NJ

Menendez Announces $10.8 Million In Education Funding Over A 5 Year Period For William Paterson University In NJ

Funding will help improve academic achievement of K-12 students in high need urban schools through recruitment, preparation and achievement of qualified teachers

Washington - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced that the US Department of Education has awarded William Paterson University $10,810,856 in funding under the Teacher Quality Partnership Grants Program to be awarded over a five year period.

"Our youth is our future. Investing in the teachers who help guide student development will help ensure they are able to fulfill their God-given potential and are well equipped to make valuable contributions to our society. This not only strengthens the fabric of our nation, it helps ensure we remain economically competitive. A modern educational system appropriate to the needs of our communities is essential to ensuring that we emerge successfully from this economic crisis, to our long term economic stability, and to our continued leadership in the world," said Senator Menendez.

"Highly qualified teachers are a critical need in urban districts throughout New Jersey," says Edward Weil, provost and vice president for academic affairs at William Paterson University. "Through this federal grant, we will be able to work to improve the academic achievement of students in six high-need New Jersey urban school districts by recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers. We are pleased to continue our decade-long partnership with Kean and Rowan universities in this statewide effort to improve teacher education."

The Garden State Partnership for Teacher Quality (GSPTQ) will improve the academic achievement of K-12 students in high need urban schools through the recruitment, preparation and retention of highly qualified teachers in New Jersey. By reforming the Pre-Baccalaureate programs at partnering universities and establishing the Garden State Urban Teacher Residency Program, which will culminate in a teacher dual certification and master's degree program, the project will ensure highly qualified teachers with expertise in areas of critical shortage including special education, ESL, and bilingual education. Fifteen Professional Development Schools will be established as part of the Residency Program, to support and retain teachers and educational leaders in New Jersey's most challenging urban communities. William Parterson University will is one of the partnering institutions. Other partnering universities include the Colleges of Education and Arts and Sciences at Kean University, and Rowan University, in collaboration with high-need LEAs of Bridgeton, Camden, Jersey City, Passaic, Paterson, Passaic and Union City and the New Jersey Department of Education. It is estimated that this program will have an impact on a total of 2,500 new teachers every year and 92,000 students in the highest need school districts in our state.

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