Funding Professional Development with Title II Funds
With passage of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), funding has been established under Title II, Part A, the Improving Teacher Quality State Grants program, to provide training necessary to meet the requirement that all schools provide "highly qualified" teachers. In general, a "highly qualified teacher" is a teacher with full certification, a bachelor's degree, and demonstrated competence in subject knowledge and teaching skills as determined by each state.
Can GEMS Professional Development be funded by Title
Yes. All professional development offered by the Lawrence Hall of Science is strongly tied to specific strands in both national and state curriculum standards. When used in conjunction with appropriate ongoing professional development GEMS can provide specific domain knowledge and instructional methods. Participation in these programs can help districts to meet the NCLB requirement of having highly qualified teachers by the end of the 2005-2006 school year.
To do so, the districts local improvement plan
must incorporate participation in GEMS workshops as part of their
overall professional development program. Participation must be proactively
incorporated into the school districts written professional
development program. There is a deadline for doing so each year. (In
California, the deadline is June 1.) If you do not incorporate the
program into the district plan and submit the plan to the state by
the annual deadline then you will not be able to apply for Title II
funds until the following year. The deadline for your district can
be determined by contacting your State Department of Education. It
is a requirement of NCLB that teachers participate in the development
of the local improvement plan.
Your districts local improvement plan should include
language that makes clear that your participation is part of a more
extensive overall professional development program, including mentoring
and other training, as appropriate. It should be stated that GEMS
programs are focused on student learning, and based on research-validated
and scientifically-based teaching practices.
Where can I learn more?
To find out about the specific process used in your district for incorporating a professional development workshop into your districts local improvement plan, contact your district directly.
For comprehensive and up-to-date information on the requirements of Title II of NCLB, see the US Department of Educations web site at http://www.ed.gov/
Additional links on the implications of NCLB can be found at http://www.ucop.edu/math.