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October 9, 2003
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Kean University and Plainfield Awarded State Grant to Enhance Teacher Quality

UNION, N.J. — Kean University is widely known as New Jersey’s leading producer of teachers. Furthermore, it is among the state’s most successful entities with regard to its grades K to 12 community-outreach programs and services. Now, a competitive Improving Teacher Quality Partnership (ITQP) grant in the amount of $267,581 awarded to Kean by the New Jersey Department of Education combines both of these attributes.

The one-year initiative is co-directed by Drs. Revathi Narasimhan, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and Suzanne Reynolds, assistant professor in the Department of Instruction and Educational Leadership, and operates through the Kean Teaching Performance Center, directed by Dr. Martha Mobley. The ITQP program links Kean with the City of Plainfield (N.J.) school system, one of 31 Abbott Districts of High Need in terms of socioeconomic conditions and academic achievement, in an effort to enhance the number and quality of science and mathematics teachers.

Through the ITQP program, Kean will work with two of the district’s middle schools, as well as the high school, to provide professional guidance and development for 74 in-service science and mathematics teachers and prepare additional pre-service teachers for future employment within the district. Professional-development opportunities will also be designed to incorporate all 331 faculty members from these schools in the areas of bilingual-education and inclusion strategizing.

“We are delighted with this award,” said Dr. Ana Maria Schuhmann, dean of the College of Education, “This university is well known for its partnerships, and the ITQP project is a wonderful example of collaboration among the College of Education, the College of Natural, Applied and Health Sciences and a special needs district. It will benefit Kean University teacher candidates, Plainfield teachers, and more importantly, will have an impact on student achievement.”