The primary purpose of the federally funded Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant program is to increase student achievement in K-12 schools by developing highly qualified teachers. To this end, the overarching goals of the South Dakota Partnership for Teacher Quality program (SDPTQ) are to:
The South Dakota Partnership for Teacher Quality (SDPTQ) program will establish a rigorous and comprehensive pre-baccalaureate program that includes both clinical and induction services.
SDPTQ goals and objectives are designed to be consistent with federal goals, are directly related to our specific needs, and are the foundation for our planned services. To reach these goals we have identified the following three objectives:
Objective 1: Increase the number of highly qualified teachers in the state of South Dakota.
Objective 2: Increase the number of highly qualified teachers serving in high-needs South Dakota LEA's.
Objective 3: Increase the retention of highly qualified teachers serving in high-needs South Dakota LEA's.
Partners include the Mid-Central Educational Cooperative, the South Dakota Department of Education's Office of Indian Education, the University of South Dakota's School of Education, the University of South Dakota's College of Arts and Sciences, the University of South Dakota's College of Fine Arts, the University of South Dakota's Office of Institutional Diversity, the Rural Learning Center, the American Indian Institute for Innovation, and BC Kuhn Evaluation, LLC.
The Mid-Central Educational Cooperative is the primary partner and the fiscal agent for the SDPTQ program. Mid-Central will oversee the program's use of funds, as well as the collaboration between the University of South Dakota and participating high-need schools. Mid-Central will provide professional development services to participants and will also assist with the selection of program mentors, obtain release time for mentors, and match mentors with SDPTQ participants.
The University of South Dakota School of Education will provide the bulk of the services for the SDPTQ program. The School of Education will host and conduct the coursework associated with the baccalaureate curriculum offerings, and they will also work to design and oversee the expanded clinical component of the SDPTQ program. USD will supply many of the training activities for mentors in both the clinical and induction program and supervise their progress. Other USD schools are also partnering with this program, and will be responsible for providing the content expertise necessary to train highly qualified teachers in the required core subjects.
The Rural Learning Center will act as one of the digital education content providers and will provide a variety of services to ensure participants are able to successfully navigate and remain at their jobs within rural high-need schools. RLC services will include the development of an extensive series of on-line communication, training, and evaluation tools that will support and serve all these parties.
The South Dakota Department of Education's Office of Indian Education will provide professional training opportunities for participating teachers, helping to bring them into line with state efforts to infuse education with Native American culture.
The American Indian Institute for Innovation will assist the Rural Learning Center and other partners in designing relevant cultural content, and will be directly involved in all hands-on work within communities with high Native American populations, served by participating high-need schools.
The USD Office of Institutional Diversity will also assist AIII and the RLC in the task of preparing prospective teachers by providing culturally relevant professional development training activities.
BC Kuhn Evaluation, LLC will provide the annual performance report and formative evaluation.