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Improving Teacher Quality State Grants

Improving the effectiveness of qualified K-12 teachers


The Minnesota Office of Higher Education provides grants to increase K-12 student academic achievement through improving the effectiveness of highly qualified classroom teachers.

Funding Source

Funding is provided to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education from the U.S. Department of Education through Title II, Part A, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.


Grants support sustained, high-quality professional development for K-12 teachers in mathematics, science, history, geography, civics/government, and economics to ensure that:

  • Teachers and highly qualified paraprofessionals have subject matter knowledge in the area they teach and use challenging state standards and assessments to improve instructional practices and student achievement.
  • Schools with high concentrations of low-income students are staffed with highly qualified and effective teachers.

Grants are awarded to partnerships comprised of, at a minimum, an accredited Minnesota private or public higher education institution preparing teachers with a high need Local Education Agency (school district).

Grant Recipients

A total of $822,909 in federal funds supported continuation awards for 17 in-service programs for K-12 educators.

See descriptions of the 17 projects funded for the current grant period.


If you have questions on the Improving Teacher Quality Program, contact Alaina DeSalvo by email at or (651) 259-3988.