Daemen Receives $200,000 Teacher/Leader Quality Partnership Grant from New York State Department of Education

November 14, 2013

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Daemen College
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Daemen College has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the New York State Department of Education to continue the Colleges partnership with the Buffalo Public Schools and the Catholic Diocese to improve student achievement in math and science. The Aloma D. Johnson Fruit Belt Charter School will also now be a full partner under this renewal grant award under the Teacher/Leader Quality Partnership (TLQP) program.

Under the leadership of Dr. Jeffery E. Arnold, Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Daemens Teacher Leader Quality Partnership, this is the fourteenth year in which the College has been awarded funds for the Teacher/Leader Quality Partnership (TLQP) program. In a statement from his office on the Daemen campus, Dr. Arnold said: We are honored to receive this grant from the State Department of Education and to have Aloma D. Johnson Fruit Belt Charter School on our team. This project is a dynamic program with all of the ingredients to be a rich learning experience for all project teachers. I am proud to collaborate with this remarkable partnership to help both pre-service and in-service teachers and administrators meet the needs of their students.

The New York State Department of Education evaluators gave Daemen Colleges program high marks, for recruiting a high quality cadre of teacher-participants, sustaining solid, long term and positive relationships with partners and for the impressive contributions this project has made to Daemens Teacher Education Program. The Departments external evaluators described Daemens program as efficient, effective, and educational.

The Daemen College TLQP project has been serving high-need Buffalo schools since 1999 and supports a learning community based on peer review and mentoring relationships among pre-service and paid in-service educators, as well as college faculty. The overall goal and purpose of the project is to maintain a professional learning community committed to active discourse and meaningful collegial participation using research based protocols, such as the New York State Academy for Teaching and Learning (NYSATL) peer review process, to improve standards (Common Core) based instruction and increase P-16 student achievement in math and science.

Each summer, the College hosts a Summer Program, a three-week project aligned with the Buffalo Public Schools professional development plan. The summer program provides participants the opportunity to research, design and create learning experiences for a summer service-learning project.

The TLQP program is authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act, and aims at improving the academic success of New York's students by improving the quality of their teachers. The program awards competitive grants to partnerships consisting of an institution of higher education and its teacher education division, a college (or division) of arts and sciences, and at least one high-need school district.

For more information on this grant award, please contact Dr. Jeffery E. Arnold at jarnold@daemen.edu or (716) 839-8379.

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