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:

  1. Reform the Pre-Baccalaureate programs at partnering universities
  2. Establish the Garden State Urban Teacher Residency Program
  3. Provide professional development to university faculty (including arts and sciences faculty) and LEA partners
  4. Establish 15 Professional Development Schools throughout the state
  5. Retain highlight qualified and effective teachers in high-need partnering LEAs
  6. Recruit and prepare educational leaders for urban schools into programs leading to licensure as principal in New Jersey
  7. Evaluation and dissemination of project impact

* Note:
This grant is funded by the United States Department of Education Teacher Quality Grant #U336S090122.
This program is contingent upon grant funding.