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support the establishment and operation of Teachers Professional Development Institutes.IN
THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 21 (legislative
day, June 16), 2011
Mr. LIEBERMAN (for himself and Mr. BLUMENTHAL)
introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee
on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
support the establishment and operation of Teachers Professional Development Institutes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of
the United States of America in Congress assembled,
1. TEACHERS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTES.
(a) In General-
Part A of title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C.
6601 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:
6--Teachers Professional Development Institutes
`This subpart may be cited as the `Teachers Professional
Development Institutes Act'.
`SEC. 2162. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.
`(a) Findings- Congress makes the following findings:
Teaching is central to the educational process and the ongoing professional development
of teachers in the subjects they teach is essential for improved student learning.
`(2) Attaining the goal of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110)--having
a classroom teacher who is highly effective in every academic subject the teacher
teaches--will require innovative approaches to improve the effectiveness of teachers
in the classroom.
`(3) The Teachers Institute Model focuses
on the continuing academic preparation of schoolteachers and the application of
what the teachers study to their classrooms and potentially to the classrooms
of other teachers.
`(4) The Teachers Institute Model
was developed initially by the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute and has successfully
operated in New Haven, Connecticut, for more than 30 years.
`(5) The Teachers Institute Model has also been successfully implemented in cities
larger than New Haven.
`(6) In the spring of 2009, a
report entitled `An Evaluation of Teachers Institute Experiences' concluded that--
`(A) Teachers Institutes enhance precisely those teacher qualities known to improve
`(B) Teachers Institutes
exemplify the crucial characteristics of high-quality teacher professional development;
`(C) Teachers Institute participation is
strongly related to teacher retention in high-poverty schools.
`(b) Purpose- The purpose of this subpart is to provide Federal assistance to
support the establishment and operation of Teachers Institutes for local educational
agencies that serve significant low-income student populations in States throughout
the Nation, in order to--
`(1) improve student learning; and
`(2) enhance the quality and effectiveness of teaching and strengthen the subject
matter mastery and the pedagogical skills of current teachers through continuing
`SEC. 2163. DEFINITIONS.
`(1) SIGNIFICANT LOW-INCOME STUDENT POPULATION-
The term `significant low-income student population' means a student population
of which not less than 40 percent of the students included are eligible for free
or reduced price lunches under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act.
`(2) TEACHERS INSTITUTE- The term `Teachers Institute' means a partnership or
`(i) 1 or more institutions of higher education; and
`(ii) 1 or more local educational agencies that serve 1 or more schools with significant
low-income student populations; and
that improves the effectiveness of teachers in the classroom, and the quality
of teaching and learning, through collaborative seminars designed to enhance both
the subject matter and the pedagogical resources of the seminar participants.
2164. PROGRAM AUTHORIZED.
`(a) In General- The Secretary is authorized
to award grants under this subpart in order to encourage the establishment and
operation of Teachers Institutes.
`(b) Technical Assistance- The
Secretary may reserve not more than 50 percent of the funds appropriated to carry
out this subpart to provide technical assistance to facilitate the establishment
and operation of Teachers Institutes. The Secretary may contract with the Yale-New
Haven Teachers Institute to provide all or part of the technical assistance under
`(c) Selection Criteria- In selecting Teachers
Institutes to support through grants under this subpart, the Secretary shall consider--
`(1) the extent to which a proposed Teachers Institute will serve schools that
have significant low-income student populations;
the extent to which a proposed Teachers Institute will follow the understandings
and necessary procedures described in section 2166;
the extent to which each local educational agency participating in the Teachers
Institute has a high percentage of teachers who are unprepared or underprepared
to teach the core academic subjects the teachers are assigned to teach; and
`(4) the extent to which a proposed Teachers Institute will receive a level of
support from the community and other sources that will ensure the requisite long-term
commitment for the success of a Teachers Institute.
`(1) IN GENERAL- In evaluating applications
using the criteria under subsection (c), the Secretary may request the advice
and assistance of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute or other Teachers Institutes.
`(2) STATE AGENCIES- If the Secretary receives 2 or more applications for grants
under this subpart from local educational agencies within the same State, the
Secretary shall consult with the State educational agency regarding the applications.
`(e) Fiscal Agent- The fiscal agent for the receipt of grant funds under this
subpart shall be an institution of higher education participating in the partnership
or joint venture, as described in section 2163(2)(A), that is establishing or
operating the Teachers Institute.
`(f) Limitations- A grant under
`(1) shall provide grant funds for a period
of not more than 5 years; and
`(2) shall be in an amount
that is not more than 50 percent of the total costs of the eligible activities
supported under the grant, as determined by the Secretary.
2165. ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES.
`Grant funds under this subpart may
`(1) for the planning, development, establishment,
and operation of a Teachers Institute;
`(2) for additional
assistance to an established Teachers Institute for its further development and
for its support of the planning, development, establishment, and operation of
a Teachers Institute under paragraph (1);
`(3) for the
salary and necessary expenses of a full-time director for a Teachers Institute
to plan and manage the Teachers Institute and to act as a liaison between all
local educational agencies and institutions of higher education participating
in the Teachers Institute;
`(4) to provide suitable office
space, staff, equipment, and supplies, and to pay other operating expenses, for
the Teachers Institute;
`(5) to provide a stipend for
teachers participating in the collaborative seminars conducted by the Institute
in the sciences and humanities and to provide remuneration for members of the
faculty of the participating institution of higher education leading the seminars;
`(6) to provide for the dissemination, through print
and electronic means, of curriculum units prepared in the seminars conducted by
the Teachers Institute.
`SEC. 2166. UNDERSTANDINGS AND PROCEDURES.
`A grantee receiving a grant under this subpart shall abide by the following understandings
`(1) PARTNERSHIP- The essential relationship
of a Teachers Institute is a partnership between a local educational agency and
an institution of higher education. A grantee shall demonstrate a long-term commitment
on behalf of the participating local educational agency and institution of higher
education to the support, including the financial support, of the work of the
`(2) SEMINARS- A Teachers Institute
sponsors seminars led by faculty of the institution of higher education partner
and attended by teachers from the local educational agency partner. A grantee
shall provide participating teachers the ability to play an essential role in
planning, organizing, conducting, and evaluating the seminars and in encouraging
the future participation of other teachers.
UNIT- A seminar described in paragraph (2) uses a collaborative process, in a
collegial environment, to develop a curriculum unit for use by participating teachers
that sets forth the subject matter to be presented and the pedagogical strategies
to be employed. A grantee shall enable participating teachers to develop a curriculum
unit, based on the subject matter presented, for use in the teachers' classrooms.
`(4) ELIGIBILITY AND REMUNERATION- Seminars are open to all partnership teachers
with teaching assignments relevant to the seminar topics. Seminar leaders receive
remuneration for their work and participating teachers receive an honorarium or
stipend upon the successful completion of the seminar. A grantee shall provide
seminar leaders and participating teachers with remuneration to allow them to
participate in the Teachers Institute.
The operations of a Teachers Institute are managed by a full-time director who
reports to both partners but is accountable to the institution of higher education
partner. A grantee shall appoint a director to manage and coordinate the work
of the Teachers Institute.
`(6) EVALUATION- A grantee
shall annually review the activities of the Teachers Institute and disseminate
the results to members of the Teachers Institute's partnership community.
2167. APPLICATION, APPROVAL, AND AGREEMENT.
`(a) In General- To
receive a grant under this subpart, a Teachers Institute, or a partnership or
joint venture described in section 2163(2)(A) that is proposing to establish a
Teachers Institute, shall submit an application to the Secretary that--
`(1) meets the requirement of this subpart and any regulations under this subpart;
`(2) includes a description of how the applicant intends to use funds provided
under the grant;
`(3) includes such information as the
Secretary may require to apply the criteria described in section 2164(c);
`(4) includes measurable objectives for the use of the funds provided under the
`(5) contains such other information and assurances
as the Secretary may require.
`(b) Approval- The Secretary
`(1) promptly evaluate an application received for
a grant under this subpart; and
`(2) notify the applicant,
within 90 days of the receipt of a completed application, of the Secretary's determination.
`(c) Agreement- Upon approval of an application, the Secretary and the applicant
shall enter into a comprehensive agreement covering the entire period of the grant.
2168. REPORTS AND EVALUATIONS.
`(a) Report- Each grantee under
this subpart shall report annually to the Secretary on the progress of the Teachers
Institute in achieving the purpose of this subpart.
and Dissemination- The Secretary shall evaluate the activities funded under this
subpart and submit an annual report regarding the activities assisted under this
subpart to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate
and the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the House of Representatives.
The Secretary shall broadly disseminate successful practices developed by Teachers
`(c) Revocation- If the Secretary determines that
a grantee is not making substantial progress in meeting the purposes of the grant
by the end of the second year of the grant under this subpart, the Secretary may
take appropriate action, including revocation of further payments under the grant,
to ensure that the funds available under this subpart are used in the most effective
`SEC. 2169. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
`There are authorized to be appropriated, for grants (including planning grants)
and technical assistance under this subpart, such sums as may be necessary for
fiscal year 2012 and each of the 4 succeeding fiscal years.'.
(b) Table of Contents- The table of contents of the Elementary and Secondary Education
Act of 1965 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 2151 the
`subpart 6--teachers professional development institutes
`Sec. 2162. Findings and purpose.
`Sec. 2164. Program authorized.
2165. Eligible activities.
`Sec. 2166. Understandings
`Sec. 2167. Application, approval, and
`Sec. 2168. Reports and evaluations.'.