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Title II Part A - Improving Teacher Quality State Grants

FY 14 School year 2013-14 Allocations RTF format

Posted 7/10/13


The Improving Teacher Quality State Grants Program increases student achievement by elevating teacher and principal quality through recruitment, hiring, and retention strategies The program uses scientifically based professional development interventions and holds districts and schools accountable for improvements in student academic performance.  This program was created because research shows that teacher quality is correlated with student academic achievement (Sanders and Rivers, 1996).  Because each community may face a variety of challenges with respect to teacher quality, this program allows funds to be used for a wide array of interventions.


Non Public Schools Hold Harmless Amounts and Enrollment Percentages for determining Equitable Professional Development Services (Appendix A)-Excel

Title IIA Needs Assessment Planning Guidance:

  • Model Form for Needs Assessment and Planning
  • Systemic Professsional Training and Development: A How To for No Child Left Behind (NCLB); Maine Department of Education
  • Appendix 1: A Crosswalk Between the Maine Training and Development Standards and the NCLB Plan Element; Maine Department of Education
  • Appendix 2:  A Culture of Learning -- Achieving Results in Maine Schools through Professional Training and Development; Maine Department of Education


Highly Qualified Teachers

To be “highly qualified”,  teachers are required to demonstrate competency by meeting the following criteria:

  • Holding a Bachelor’s degree or higher; and
  • Holding full Maine State Teaching Certification (Provisional, Professional, or Master); and
  • Having a major, or coursework equivalent to a major (24 semester hours), from an accredited four-year college(s) or university in the assigned core content area; or holding an advanced degree in that content area; or holding National Board Certification in that content area; or having passed the PRAXIS II in that content area.

High Quality Professional Development

The term “high-quality professional development” means professional development that meets the criteria contained in the definition of professional development in Title IX, Section 9101(34) of ESEA. Professional development includes, but is not limited to, activities that:

  • Improve and increase teachers’ knowledge of academic subjects and enable teachers to become highly qualified;
  • Are an integral part of broad schoolwide and districtwide educational improvement plans;
  • Give teachers and principals the knowledge and skills to help students meet challenging State academic standards;
  • Improve classroom management skills;
  • Are sustained, intensive, and classroom-focused and are not one-day or short-term workshops;
  • Advance teacher understanding of effective instruction strategies that are based on scientifically based research; and
  • Are developed with extensive participation of teachers, principals, parents, and administrators.

Database from Application



IIA Project Description by category



NCLB Federal Legislation for Title IIA

NCLB Federal Guidance-Word Document for Title IIA


ESEA Federal Programs Director: Rachelle Tome
Title II Teacher Quality State Grants
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME  04333-0023
Phone:  207-624-6705
FAX:  207-624-6706
e-mail: Rachelle.Tome@Maine.Gov



The Maine Department of Education is joining literacy specialist and education consultant Darlene Bassett and the Western Maine Educational Collaborative (WMEC) in presenting a series of 4 webinars, taking place in April and May, 2010, that focus on the link between literacy (thinking) strategies and the learning opportunities technology can provide to develop these strategies.

April 8 - Technology Integration in a First Grade Classroom - Hosted by Alison Prescott

This webinar provides an overview of a first grade classroom including the following topics:

  • What the students think of technology;
  • How to get started: podcasts, Skyping, teacher tube videos (curriculum based);
  • Learning the toolbar and "lingo" often used;
  • Claymation - Science Unit on Plants;
  • I-movies - Social Studies, Science, and Literacy;
  • Podcasts with photo and music - Literacy.

Click here to view and/or listen to a recording of this webinar.


April 13 - Using Wordle in a Dynamic Way - Hosted by Lynn Oullette

This webinar covers how to use Wordle to edit and prioritize when creating definitions, etc. Small group and individual use of Wordle is reviewed.

Click here to view and/or listen to a recording of this webinar.


May 13 - Reading Differentiation in the Content Areas - Hosted by Darlene Bassett

This webinar demonstrates how content area teachers can organize their instruction around curriculum based on the learning results, while differentiating reading levels according to RTI guidelines.

Click here to view and/or listen to a recording of this webinar.


May 19 - Perspectives on Blogging - Hosted by Hattie Deraps and Jake Bogar

Two high school teachers, one Alt Ed English and one physics/engineering teacher, share their experiences in using blogs with high school students. The pros and cons, challenges and successes of blogging are shared; student perspectives are included.

Click here to view and/or listen to a recording of this webinar.