Title II – Teacher Quality Enhancement
PART A — TEACHER QUALITY ENHANCEMENT GRANTS FOR STATES AND PARTNERSHIPS’;
- (2) by striking this title’ each place it appears and inserting this part’; and
- (3) by adding at the end the following:
PART B — PREPARING TOMORROW’S TEACHERS TO USE TECHNOLOGY
SEC. 221. PURPOSE AND PROGRAM AUTHORITY.
- (a) PURPOSE- It is the purpose of this part to assist consortia of public and private entities —
- (1) to carry out programs that prepare prospective teachers to use advanced technology to prepare all students to meet challenging State and local academic content and student academic achievement standards; and
- (2) to improve the ability of institutions of higher education to carry out such programs.
- (b) PROGRAM AUTHORITY-
- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary is authorized to award grants to eligible applicants, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with eligible applicants, on a competitive basis in order to pay for the Federal share of the cost of projects to develop or redesign teacher preparation programs to enable prospective teachers to use advanced technology effectively in their classrooms.
- (2) PERIOD OF AWARDS- The Secretary may award grants, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements, under this part for periods that are not more than 5 years in duration.
SEC. 222. ELIGIBILITY.
- (a) ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS- In order to receive a grant or enter into a contract or cooperative agreement under this part, an applicant shall be a consortium that includes the following:
- (1) At least one institution of higher education that awards baccalaureate degrees and prepares teachers for their initial entry into teaching.
- (2) At least one State educational agency or local educational agency.
- (3) One or more of the following entities:
- (A) An institution of higher education (other than the institution described in paragraph (1)).
- (B) A school or department of education at an institution of higher education.
- (C) A school or college of arts and sciences (as defined in section 201(b)) at an institution of higher education.
- (D) A professional association, foundation, museum, library, for-profit business, public or private nonprofit organization, community-based organization, or other entity, with the capacity to contribute to the technology-related reform of teacher preparation programs.
- (b) APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS- In order to receive a grant or enter into a contract or cooperative agreement under this part, an eligible applicant shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require. Such application shall include the following:
- (1) A description of the proposed project, including how the project would —
- (A) ensure that individuals participating in the project would be prepared to use advanced technology to prepare all students, including groups of students who are underrepresented in technology-related fields and groups of students who are economically disadvantaged, to meet challenging State and local academic content and student academic achievement standards; and
- (B) improve the ability of at least one participating institution of higher education described in section 222(a)(1) to ensure such preparation.
- (2) A demonstration of —
- (A) the commitment, including the financial commitment, of each of the members of the consortium for the proposed project; and
- (B) the active support of the leadership of each organization that is a member of the consortium for the proposed project.
- (3) A description of how each member of the consortium will participate in project activities.
- (4) A description of how the proposed project will be continued after Federal funds are no longer awarded under this part for the project.
- (5) A plan for the evaluation of the project, which shall include benchmarks to monitor progress toward specific project objectives.
- (c) MATCHING REQUIREMENTS-
- (1) IN GENERAL- The Federal share of the cost of any project funded under this part shall not exceed 50 percent. Except as provided in paragraph (2), the non-Federal share of the cost of such project may be provided in cash or in kind, fairly evaluated, including services.
- (2) ACQUISITION OF EQUIPMENT- Not more than 10 percent of the funds awarded for a project under this part may be used to acquire equipment, networking capabilities, or infrastructure, and the non-Federal share of the cost of any such acquisition shall be provided in cash.
SEC. 223. USE OF FUNDS.
- (a) REQUIRED USES- A consortium that receives a grant or enters into a contract or cooperative agreement under this part shall use funds made available under this part for —
- (1) a project creating one or more programs that prepare prospective teachers to use advanced technology to prepare all students, including groups of students who are underrepresented in technology-related fields and groups of students who are economically disadvantaged, to meet challenging State and local academic content and student academic achievement standards; and
- (2) evaluating the effectiveness of the project.
- (b) PERMISSIBLE USES- The consortium may use funds made available under this part for a project, described in the application submitted by the consortium under this part, that carries out the purpose of this part, such as the following:
- (1) Developing and implementing high-quality teacher preparation programs that enable educators —
- (A) to learn the full range of resources that can be accessed through the use of technology;
- (B) to integrate a variety of technologies into curricula and instruction in order to expand students’ knowledge;
- (C) to evaluate educational technologies and their potential for use in instruction;
- (D) to help students develop their technical skills; and
- (E) to use technology to collect, manage, and analyze data to improve teaching and decisionmaking.
- (2) Developing alternative teacher development paths that provide elementary schools and secondary schools with well-prepared, technology-proficient educators.
- (3) Developing achievement-based standards and assessments aligned with the standards to measure the capacity of prospective teachers to use technology effectively in their classrooms.
- (4) Providing technical assistance to entities carrying out other teacher preparation programs.
- (5) Developing and disseminating resources and information in order to assist institutions of higher education to prepare teachers to use technology effectively in their classrooms.
- (6) Subject to section 222(c)(2), acquiring technology equipment, networking capabilities, infrastructure, software, and digital curricula to carry out the project.
SEC. 224. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
- There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this part such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2002 and 2003.’.
SEC. 1052. CONTINUATION OF AWARDS.
- Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act or the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.), in the case of a person or entity that was awarded a grant, relating to preparing tomorrow’s teachers to use technology, that was made pursuant to section 3122 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6832) prior to the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Education shall continue to provide funds in accordance with the terms of such award until the date on which the award period terminates.
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