TQP News: Call for Reviewers for TQP Grant Competition

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June 5, 2014

 Call for Reviewers for TQP Competition

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) is seeking peer reviewers for the upcoming Teacher Quality Partnership grant competition. The program seeks to improve the quality of new teachers working in high-need local educational agencies and high-need schools by supporting reforms that result in model pre-baccalaureate teacher preparation programs and model teaching residency programs for talented and qualified individuals who are new to teaching.

Reviewers must meet at least one of the criteria:

  • Be a recent (within the last 5 years) PK-12 teacher with policy knowledge
  • Be a current professor, instructor, or administrator in a teacher preparation program
  • Have education evaluation experience
  • Be an LEA administrator

The most qualified reviewers will have expertise in the design, implementation, and/or administration of one or more of the following areas:

  • Preparation programs for teachers of STEM fields
  • STEM curriculum and instruction for PK-12 students
  • Teacher preparation and retention reforms, especially for supporting hard-to-serve schools and high-need subject areas
  • Evaluation and assessment of teacher preparation programs
  • Teacher recruitment, selection, preparation, certification/licensing and/or retention strategies

  • Teacher induction and mentoring initiatives
  • Teacher residency programs
  • Teacher professional development initiatives
  • Early childhood educator preparation and retention initiatives
  • School, community, colleges/universities and business partnerships to improve teaching and learning

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the skills, attributes and expertise highlighted above, peer reviewers must also meet the following requirements:

  • Peer reviewers must generally be available for for 2-3 hour daily sessions during 2-week time period and will work remotely and via teleconference.
  • Reviewers must be able to read orientation materials and complete all administrative tasks in a timely manner.
  • Reviewers must be available to participate in reviewer orientation webinars.

  • Each reviewer must have access to the Internet, a phone, a printer and have the ability to interact within a web-based environment.

REVIEW PROCESS: Reviewers will receive approximately 10 applications, which they will review and score in accordance to set criteria. Each reviewer must commit to providing detailed, objective, constructive, and timely written reviews for each assigned application. Reviewers will then participate in approximately  three 2-3 hour panel calls with two other reviewers and Department of Education staff. Reviewers should be prepared to participate in a meaningful and respectful discussion with fellow panel reviewers. Reviewers may revise their scores and comments after the panel discussions.These reviews will be used to recommend applications for funding. They will also be shared with each applicant following the reviews.

Reviewers will receive an honorarium for their time and effort, contingent upon satisfactory completion of the above requirements and consistent with the required schedule.

WHEN: Reviews are tentatively scheduled for August 4-15 with an orientation webinar held 7-10 days prior to the review period. 

CONTACT: If you would like to be considered as a peer reviewer, please e-mail a copy of your current résumé highlighting your experiences according to the above critieria, along with the following information: preferred mailing address, home and office telephone numbers, e-mail address, and past experience as an ED grant reviewer to TQPartnership@ed.gov. Please include Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program Reviewer Application in the subject line. Deadline to submit: July 1, 2014.

If you have questions about reviewing applications or general questions about the Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program, please contact the TQP program staff at (202) 453-5680 or e-mail at TQPartnership@ed.gov.