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District of Columbia - 2004 Grantee Abstracts

Grantee Name:Friendship Charter School, Inc.
Project Director:Christine Mason 202-628-8848, Ext. 136

This initiative will recruit and hire 60 new teachers to provide instruction in English, reading, or language arts; mathematics, science, special education, English as a Second Language (ESL), foreign languages, social studies, and the arts. Participants will teach in high-need LEAs to support a city-wide charter school professional development system. Participants will be supported by activities expected to result in 85 percent of the participants earning professional certification and remaining in the schools for at least three years. Targeted recruits include professionals and paraprofessionals with substantial career experience as well as recent college graduates. In addition to streamlining recruitment and preparation of highly qualified teachers, the program aims to build support among local higher education institutions for expanded alternative routes to certification.

Grantee Name:University of the District of Columbia
Project Name:DC Teacher Institute Program
Project Director:Patricia Myers 202-274-7404

The DC Teacher Institute Program seeks to recruit, train, and support 145 recent college graduates without an education degree, mid-career professionals, and highly qualified paraprofessionals for priority placement in the District's high-need public charter schools. Ten to 15 candidates will be recruited for special education certification, and the remainder will be recruited for mathematics, science, and high-need elementary education assignments. The University of the District of Columbia and Catholic University provide the coursework for this one-year alternative certification program and community-based partners provide a one-year professional development program for participants after they have been placed in schools. Mentoring and a mentor training program along with field supervisor visits and monthly seminars support the new certified teachers after placement.

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