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UWSA PK-16 Grant Programs-Request for Proposals Announcement

∆   Teacher Quality Initiative (TQI)
∆   Teacher Recruitment & Retention Initiative (TRRI)

**This page is for historical info purposes only. These grants are currently on hiatus**

The University of Wisconsin System Administration Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce two requests for proposals: 

  1. TQI:  To improve the preparation of classroom teachers, and the programs that prepare teachers, through the design and use of standards-based, performance assessments.

  2. TRRI:  To increase the enrollment, and improve the retention and graduation of minorities in teacher preparation. 

A total of $300,000 will be available for the 2011-2012 academic year to advance the TQI and TRRI.  These funds ($150,000 for TQI and $150,000 for TRRI) may be used to design and implement new projects as well as to support significant enhancements to existing initiatives (i.e., projects designed to evaluate impact of current programming or to expand an existing project beyond its current scope). 

For the Teacher Quality Initiative, priority will be given to proposals that focus on the design and evaluation of performance assessments that align with the recently adopted common standards for Mathematics and English/Language Arts and PI 34 requirements and/or advance work initiated by the UW System FIPSE assessment project, including expanding on the work initiated in Math and Science and/or the incorporation of K-12 student learning.  Successful proposals will include partnerships among faculty from education and faculty and classroom teachers from the disciplines of Math, English/Language Arts, and/or the Sciences.

For the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Initiative, priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate partnerships between relevant campus programs/offices (e.g., teacher education, admission, multicultural education, etc.) and local K-12 school districts.  Projects that directly address pervasive issues in recruitment and retention of minorities in teacher education (e.g., Pre-Professional Skills Test, PRAXIS II exams, mentoring) are highly encouraged as are those that recruit and prepare under-represented populations for high need/low supply teacher licensure areas (e.g., mathematics, science, technology, bilingual/English Language Learners, and Special Education).

Successful proposals will articulate project outcomes aligned with one or  more of the priority areas within an initiative and will include strategies for sustaining the work beyond the grant cycle.  It is anticipated that grant awards will be for two years, with the second year of funding contingent on documentation of adequate progress during the first year. Please refer to the specific requirements detailed in the separate TQI and TRRI proposal applications.

Request for Proposals – TQI
Request for Proposals – TRRI

The forms needed for submissions are available here:

Additional information may be obtained by contacting:


Brandon Clementi


608 890-3282


Craig Morris


715 425-0670

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