Educators for the 21st Century
The Educators for the 21st Century competitive grant program (formerly known as the Washington Higher Education Improving Teacher Quality grant program) provides partnership grants for professional development projects serving K-12 educators. The Washington Student Achievement Council administers the program, which is federally funded under Title II of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
To date, the Council and its predecessor, the Higher Education Coordinating Board, have awarded grants to 46 projects.
Current Projects (2012-2015)
The Council is collaborating with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to administer two professional development projects designed to help 6th-12th grade educators implement the Common Core State Standards and the state's science standards (in conjunction with the Framework for K-12 Science Education):
- Eastern Washington University – Riverpoint Advanced Mathematics Partnership – Algebra (RAMP-A)
- Western Washington University – The Whole School Success Partnership (TWSSP)
The Council independently administers two additional projects designed to help elementary, middle, and high school educators implement the Common Core State Standards:
- Educational Service District 105 - Collaborative Common Core Implementation (3C)
- University of Washington Tacoma - CCSS Professional Development for Washington High-Need Schools
The total funding (100 percent federal and 0 percent from other sources) for current projects is about $2.4 million.