Office of Commissioner of Higher Education



Title II: Improving Teacher Quality through
the State Agency for Higher Education

Under Title II, Part A, Improving Teacher Quality State Grants, the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education provides competitive grants to partnerships comprised of schools of education and arts and sciences, along with one or more high-need school districts, with poverty rates of 20% or more.

The purpose of these grants is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and school districts improve teacher and principal quality and ensure that all teachers are highly qualified. Partnerships should provide sustained, high-quality professional development activities that provide pre-service and practicing teachers and administrators with specific content knowledge, instructional strategies, and assessment skills that enable students to achieve State academic content standards and/or gain the proficiencies needed to achieve college admission standards.

Strategies and funded activities must be grounded in scientifically based research so that students benefit from teaching practices and methods that are based on what is known to work.

Unlike the Eisenhower Professional Development program, which focused on mathematics and science, Improving Teacher Quality State Grants support teacher professional development across all core academic subjects.

For more information, contact the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education at (406) 444-6570.

Proposals accepted on an ongoing basis:
Apply Now! - 2013 RFP - FYI due dates were recently updated
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*Please note this RFP will be available on September 23rd*

Budget Forms:

Budget Form
Quarterly Report Form

Proposal Budget Form


Title II Information:

Title II, US DOE
Non-regulatory Guidance
SEA Title II (OPI)

  Current Projects:

                LISSTSLiterature in Social Studies, Sciences, and Technical Subjects. Helena College, University of MT. Focuses on critical research skills that student must apply at the college level, while also assisting teachers in meeting the cross-disciplinary expectations of the Common Core State Standards. Teachers will learn to guide students through the process of conducting research to answer a question; gathering relevant information from multiple digital sources; assessing the strengths and limitations of each source; avoid plagiarism and overreliance on any one source; following a standard format for citation. January 2013 – July 2013.

                IVAC - Improving Vocabulary Across the Curriculum Through Response to Intervention. University of MT-Missoula. Developed to recognize that vocabulary development is necessary to academic success, and to provide teachers and other education professionals with a curriculum on using research-based vocabulary assessment across content-areas. Introduces the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of students in order for teachers to integrate them in providing student support. November 1, 2012 – October 31, 2013.

                IEAPDIndian Education for All Professional Development. Montana State University-Bozeman. Developed to increase the number of adequately trained  in-service teachers related to Indian Education for All, in both content and pedagogy. Supports enrollment in a graduate course, NASX 591, Indian Education for All:  A model for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Practice.  June 25, 2012 – June 30, 2013.

                IIEECIntegration of Indigenous Environmental Education Through the Curriculum. Montana State University-Bozeman. Increase teacher’s knowledge and abilities to integrate local environmental and indigenous topics into their course content and existing lessons, with a focus on learning more about environmental issues facing the student communities from a tribal perspective. July 1, 2012 – June 1, 2013.



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