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Ohio 2007 Grantee Abstracts

Grantee Name:Bowling Green State University
Project Name:Project CUE (Consortium of Urban Educators)
Project Director:Rich Wilson 419-372-7276
Partner Districts/LEAs:Toledo Public Schools, Sandusky City Schools, Detroit Public Schools, Highland Park Schools, Pontiac City Schools, and Cleveland Municipal Schools

Project CUE is an alternative certification program to recruit and retain mid-career professionals and recent college graduates to serve as teachers of bilingual education and special education in urban school districts in Ohio and Michigan. Project CUE is the collaboration between the following institutions of higher education and urban local educational agencies: Bowling Green State University -Toledo Public Schools and Sandusky City Schools; Wayne State University-Detroit Public Schools, Highland Park Schools, and Pontiac City Schools; and Cleveland State University-Cleveland Municipal Schools. In addition to its efforts to recruit, educate, and retain teachers in these high-need subjects, Project CUE will examine the hiring procedures of the participating LEAs to address barriers to the recruitment, application, and hiring of qualified applicants. A total of 300 Project CUE participants will receive alternative certification in bilingual or special education.

Grantee Name:The Ohio State University Research Foundation
Project Name:Project KNOTtT: Kansas, Nevada, Ohio, and Texas
Project Director:Belinda Gimbert 614-247-8814
Partner Districts/LEAs:Wichita Public Schools, Topeka Public Schools, Dallas ISD, Clark County School District, Dayton City Schools & Community Schools, Trotwood Madison Schools & Community Schools, and the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools (10)

Project KNOTtT is a consortium of colleges/universities, school districts in Kansas, Nevada, Ohio, and Texas, non-profit organizations, and foundations that will work independently and interdependently to recruit, prepare, support, and retain 545 mid-career professionals and recent college graduates to serve as teachers of record in four states in the core academic secondary subjects of mathematics, science, English/language arts, foreign languages, English as second language, and special education (K-12). Project KNOTtT is bounded by three strands that afford connectivity and strength through a unifying KNOT. An overarching goal, or "tie," is to close the "gap" on teacher quality by binding our partners' teacher preparation work through the strands of (1) learning community, (2) mentoring, and (3) quality indicators for nontraditional pathways. KNOTtT universities with colleges of education programs include: Wichita State University, The Ohio State University, Wright State University, Ohio University, and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Other IHEs are represented nationally by the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) and the National Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC). The Youth Policy Institute and The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation (Ohio Programs and Policies) supplement the KNOT and ensure the quality of this project.

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