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Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) Grant


The ITQ grant, funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, focuses on professional development for pre-K through grade 2 educators.  The project goal is to enhance children's learning and development by increasing educators' understanding of the science of early learning.  This will be accomplished by:

  • Increasing the content and pedagogical knowledge of 90% of participating teachers, and
  • Producing 20 instructional units (see below) that are aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks including early learning.


Activities will include:

  • College level early education courses,
  • Workshops that focus on strategies that promote early learning in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics),
  • Professional learning communities designed to produce innovative STEM units, and
  • Community outreach and family events.