Garden State Partnership for Teacher Quality
The Garden State Partnership for Teacher Quality (GSPTQ) will improve the academic achievement of K-12 students in high need urban schools through the recruitment, preparation and retention of highly qualified teachers in New Jersey. William Paterson University, Kean University, and Rowan University, in collaboration with high-need LEAs of Bridgeton, Camden, Jersey City, Passaic, Paterson, and Union City and the New Jersey Department of Education will reach a total of 92,000 students in the highest need school districts in our state. The project will reform the Pre-Baccalaureate programs at partnering universities and establish the Garden State Urban Teacher Residency Program that will culminate in dual certification and a master's degree, ensuring both highly-qualified teacher status and expertise in areas of critical shortage including special education, ESL and bilingual education.
Garden State Partnership for Teacher Quality (GSPTQ) Goals:
- Reform the Pre-Baccalaureate programs at partnering universities
- Establish the Garden State Urban Teacher Residency Program
- Provide professional development to university faculty (including arts and sciences faculty) and LEA partners
- Establish 15 Professional Development Schools throughout the state
- Retain highly qualified and effective teachers in high-need partnering LEAs
- Recruit and prepare educational leaders for urban schools into programs leading to licensure as principal in New Jersey
- Evaluation and dissemination of project impact
This grant is funded by the United States Department of Education Teacher Quality Grant #U336S090122.
This program is contingent upon grant funding.
2013 Award for Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement
Rowan University and two of its partnering Professional Development Schools (PDS) have been awarded the fifth annual National Association of Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) Award for Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement.
This achievement recognizes PDS relationships for their ongoing contributions to the mission and vision of NAPDS in creating and sustaining genuine collaborative partnerships between P-12 and higher education which shape educator leadership and practice.
This national recognition is shared with Edward R. Johnstone Elementary School in Vineland, NJ (Dr. Louise Karwowski, principal) and Holly Glen Elementary School in Monroe Township, NJ (Mr. Tom Myers, principal). The announcement was made on February 15, 2013 at the annual NAPDS Conference in New Orleans, LA.
This award acknowledges achievements in the following four areas: preparing future educators, providing current educators with ongoing professional development, encouraging joint school–university faculty investigation of education-related issues, and promoting the learning of P–12 students. To foster growth in each of the four areas, Rowan University provides a Professor in Residence (PIR) to each PDS. Drs. Stacey Leftwich and Valarie Lee have served as PIRs in Holly Glen and Johnstone, respectively. Current PIR at Johnstone is Dr. Cori Meredith.