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ECU College of Education Awarded $9 Million Dept. of Education Grant

GREENVILLE (Oct. 6, 2009) – The College of Education at East Carolina University has been awarded the 2009 Teacher Quality Partnerships Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.  The grant will provide nearly $9 million dollars over the next five years.

The university will receive more than $1.06 million for the year Oct. 1, 2009 through Sept. 30, 2010.

Funding from the grant will be used to raise student achievement and to improve learning by bringing about fundamental change and improvement in teacher preparation programs. Faculty from College of Education and the Thomas Harriott College of Arts and Sciences will collaborate with educators from Pitt County Schools and Greene County Schools for grant activities. 

The overall goal of the grant is to improve student achievement by enhancing teacher preparation. The new approach will include increased integration of clinical experiences using real and simulated circumstances. The project will focus on new teacher induction and provide continued professional education for practicing teachers. 

According to Dr. Linda Patriarca, Dean of the College of Education and project director, this grant will allow the partners to collaborate in new and innovative ways. “The beauty of this grant is that it brings together all the entities that are needed to contribute to the making of a highly qualified teacher,” said Patriarca.

ECU was one of 28 recipients of the grant nationwide and the only grantee in the state of North Carolina. ECU is the largest producer of teachers in North Carolina.

This story appeared originally in the Oct. 15, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at