New Jersey Department of Education

Minority Teacher Quality and Retention Program-Competitive

Division: Field Support and Services

Office: Recruitment, Preparation and Certification

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The purpose of the Minority Teacher Quality and Retention Program (MTQRP) NGO is to establish a sustainable program of instructional coaching for teachers in high-poverty school districts as defined in P.L. 2007, c. 260 (C.18A:7F-45). Grant applicants will develop and implement a sustainable, comprehensive program of instructional coaching and professional development in eligible high-poverty school districts with an emphasis on serving the needs of newly hired teachers.

The program is to identify best practices and proven strategies to support new teacher effectiveness and retention, with a focus on the needs of minority teachers. This is to be considered a planning grant for the purposes of developing a scalable and sustainable direct instructional coaching model with full implementation through May 2024. Funding for year two is dependent on state budget allocations in FY 24). The instructional coaching program will:

  1. Establish a partnership with at least one high-poverty school district (Appendix A) to identify and implement best practices for instructional coaching programs that promote retention.
  2. Develop a framework for providing effective instructional coaching to new teachers with an emphasis on minority teachers that includes, at a minimum, developing cohorts of school-based instructional coaches that will provide direct support to new teachers, in addition to the mentoring required pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:9C-5.1.

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has established a two-year grant program. This limited-competitive grant program is open to organizations located in the State of New Jersey that recruit, train, and place new teachers, with special emphasis on minority teachers, in high poverty school districts in the State. Eligible organizations cannot charge tuition or fees to participants in the MTQRP. to Past recipients are ineligible to apply. Applicants may apply for up to $250,000.

Based on the availability of FY23 state appropriations, this first year of the grant program will begin May 1, 2023 and will end on May 31, 2023.

Eligible Agencies: Organizations that recruit, train and place new teachers

Approximate Number of Awards: 1  Grant Program Type:  Competitive

Total Amt. Available: $250,000       Application Due Date:  3/21/2023

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