|Grantee Name:||Tennessee Department of Education|
|Project Name:||The ADEPTT Induction Certification Project|
|Project Director:||Karen C. Moody 615-253-3602|
To ensure that talented, high-quality, and caring teachers fill every classroom, the Tennessee Department of Education has developed the Accelerated Development of Exceptional Professional Teacher Training (ADEPTT) Project. ADEPTT is designed to assist high-need schools in high-need Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to secure and retain high-quality teachers. It will accomplish this objective by first developing a state-approved alternate route to certification program that complements existing state-approved initiatives. ADEPTT enables participants to be teachers of record during their training. Three Regional ADEPTT Professional Development Centers will be created to recruit, train, place, and retain - through a 2,000 hour, 12-month teacher education program - high quality teachers for placement in nine LEAs throughout Tennessee. Based around graduate coursework and professional development activities, the ADEPTT project will ensure that teachers receive the specific training needed for licensure, and that they are placed in high-need schools only operated by high-need districts. Financial, intellectual, academic, personnel, and facilities support will be provided by the Tennessee state department of education, two educational agencies, and a cadre of nine LEAs. ADEPTT makes it possible for its target recruitment group of mid-career professionals, paraprofessionals, and non-education recent college graduates to be eligible for teacher certification within a year of entering the program.