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Arizona 2007 Grantee Abstracts

Grantee Name:Arizona Department of Education
Project Name:Arizona Transition to Teacher Program
Project Director:Patricia Hardy 602-542-3626
Project Coordinator:Rosemary Gaona 602-364-3553
Partner Districts/LEAs:Alpine ED, Ganado UD, Red Mesa UD, Sanders UD, St. Johns UD, Vernon ED, Window Rock UD, Cedar UD, Holbrook UD, Joseph City UD, Kayenta USD, Pinon UD, Whiteriver UD, Winslow UD, Bowie UD, Santa Cruz Valley HSD, Nogales USD, Arizona State Prison Complex sites include: Winslow, Douglas, Globe, Safford, Tucson, Florence, Eyman, and Yuma

The overarching goal of the Arizona Department of Education's Transition to Teaching (TTT) grant is to increase the number of highly qualified teachers in high-need schools across the state of Arizona. Eighteen high-need public school districts have been selected for participation. All core academic areas will be addressed; however, there will be a focus on recruiting teachers for math, science, and special education in order to meet identified needs in Arizona. The goals of the project are to: 1) recruit mid-career professionals and new graduates to the TTT program; 2) retain participants in the TTT program and in the teaching profession beyond completion of the TTT program; 3) implement alternative path programs that prepare highly-qualified and effective teachers for grades 9-12 and in special education K-12; and 4) establish a state-wide Alternative Secondary Path to Certification (ASPC). The ASPC program provides intensive pre-service training and a two-year in-service training program. Arizona Department of Education provides the LEAs with the opportunity to send selected teachers through mentor training. The IHEs and LEAs develop a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure that all parties involved in the TTT program understand the expectations of the program and the responsibility of each participant.

Grantee Name:Arizona State University at the West Campus
Project Name:Project ASPIRE: Arizona Special Initiative to Recruit and Retain Educators
Project Director:Kathleen Puckett 602-543-6379
Partner Districts/LEAs:Two urban districts in Central Phoenix: Osborn Elementary District and Avondale Elementary District; Four remote rural districts: Chinle Unified School District in the Navajo Nation, Indian Oasis-Baboquivari United School District in the Tohono O'odham Nation, the Gadsden Elementary School District in San Luis AZ, and the Douglas Unified District in Douglas AZ

The aim of Project ASPIRE is to recruit and retain highly qualified mid-career professionals and recent college graduates, as special education teachers in high need partner districts in Arizona. This project is specifically designed to address the critical special education teacher shortages experienced in these districts, attend to the specific challenges of urban or remote rural geographical locations, and deliver quality programming in an efficient and timely manner. This project combines the activities of two programs from Arizona State University at the West Campus (ASU-W): the Master's and Arizona Certification (MAC) program in Special Education and the Professional Development School Teaching Excellence Network through Educational Technology (PDS-TENET). Project ASPIRE will enable participants to complete ASU-W's state-approved Special Education alternative certification requirements in three semesters of coursework and field experience. Project Aspire will recruit 145 participants over the life of the grant (year 1: 20, Yr 2: 20, Yr 3: 35, Yr 4: 35, Yr 5: 35). The project will implement this program through professional development school partnership placements and activities in six high need districts in Arizona.

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