Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High-Quality Teachers and Principals
The purpose of Title II, Part A is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and districts improve teacher and principal quality and ensure that all teachers are highly qualified. Through the program, State and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs) receive funds on a formula basis.
Title II, Part A replaced the Eisenhower Professional Development and the Class-Size Reduction programs. The Eisenhower program mostly focused on professional development in mathematics and science, while Title II, Part A can support teacher professional development across all core academic subjects. The term “core academic subjects means English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography. The importance of professional development in reading, mathematics and science remains a high priority, but many other activities are now allowed as well.
In exchange for these funds, agencies are held accountable to the public for improvements in academic achievement. Title II, Part A provides these agencies with the flexibility to use funds creatively in order to address challenges in teacher quality, whether they concern teacher preparation and qualifications of new teachers, recruitment and hiring, induction, professional development, teacher retention, or the need for more capable principals and assistant principals to serve as effective school leaders.
Use of Funding
Title II funds are used district-wide to promote teacher and principal effectiveness. Training events primarily depend upon the results of the annual Staff Development Survey completed by certified staff throughout the district. The results of this survey, coupled with other data sources (i.e. test results, national and state trends in education and curricular needs) are examined by the district Professional Development Committee, whose members are chosen by the site principal.