JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) and the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) are committed to improving the quality of Missouri's teachers and the programs that train Missouri's elementary, middle, and secondary teachers. As evidence of its commitment, the MDHE has awarded more than $1 million in federal funds to six new math and science professional development projects in high-need areas around the state. In addition, $340,000 has been allocated to renew two, ongoing professional development projects.

Funding for the MDHE Improving Teacher Quality Grant program is provided by the U.S. Department of Education Title II, Part A of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The program supports partnerships between higher education and K-12 school districts for teacher professional development. The primary objectives of these projects are to improve student learning and to improve teacher quality through high quality professional development activities. Professional development activities are designed to improve teacher knowledge and instructional skills so that they may provide their students the opportunity to achieve at higher levels. The math and science focus of the MDHE Improving Teacher Quality Grant program is aligned with Governor Blunt's priority for these disciplines.

MDHE Improving Teacher Quality Grant Awardees:

Institution Project Title
Award Amount
Lincoln University Enduring Understanding of Science via Inquiry and Literacy (EUSIL)
Missouri University of Science and Technology Science Education and Quantitative Literacy: An Integrated, Inquiry-Based Approach
Three Rivers Community College Connect 9 Math
Truman State University gecKo mathematics: Foundation for Mathematical Proficiency
University of Missouri-Columbia QUEST:  Quality Elementary Science Teaching
University of Missouri-Kansas City Teacher Enhancement for Active Middle School Science in Kansas City

Newly Awarded Projects:

Institution Project Title
Award Amount
(Year 3)
Missouri State University Science and Mathematics Achievement from Rural Teachers (SMART)
Rockhurst University Physics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers – Constructing an Understanding of Physics