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Annual Mega Conference – Competitive Priority to Title I district and charter schools identified as not making adequate yearly progress and teachers from schools identified as underperforming on the state measure.

The Mega Conference offers a comprehensive array of professional development opportunities for NCLB program coordinators and for educators who implement NCLB programs.  The two and one-half day  conference is an opportunity to focus on NCLB program administration, federal accountability requirements, and coordination of programs including Title I, II-A, II-D, III, IV, V-A, Gifted, Migrant, Indian Education, Arts, Homeless, Neglected or Delinquent, Grants, and Operations. Through NCLB program coordinators’ attendance at this conference, relevant information is communicated to assist teachers in high-poverty, low-performing schools to strengthen their skills and knowledge in meeting student needs.

ADE partners with state agency for higher education

State Agency for Higher Education (SAHE) - Competitive Priority to teachers from Title I district and charter schools identified as not making adequate yearly progress and teachers from schools identified as underperforming on the state measure.

The Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) Grant Programs (Title II) are a major component of NCLB legislation.  These programs encourage scientifically-based professional development as a means for improving student academic performance.  Under Part A of Title II, funds are made available to state agencies for higher education (SAHEs) to support partnerships intended to increase the academic achievement of students in core subjects by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers.  The state agency for higher education, the Arizona Board of Regents working in conjunction ADE awards and administers sub-grants on a competitive basis to eligible partnerships.  

Partnerships between an institution of higher education with teacher education, a college of arts and sciences, and high need school districts are at the foundation of these efforts.  The focus of the funded projects are on the core subjects defined as arts, music, civics and government, economics, English, foreign languages, geography, history, mathematics, reading or language arts, and science.  The partnerships fund professional development activities in core academic subjects to ensure that teachers, paraprofessionals, and (if appropriate) principals have subject-matter knowledge in the academic subjects they teach.

4c) Does the plan describe how the SEA will monitor whether LEAs attain 100 percent HQT in each LEA and school:

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in the percentage of highly qualified teachers at each LEA and school; and

o

in the percentage of teachers who are receiving high-quality professional development to enable such teachers to become highly qualified and successful classroom teachers?

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