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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
Approve the Memorandum of Agreement with the University of South Florida (USF) College of Education for Services Associated with the Implementation of the Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant Project (Award #U411C140098), the Urban Teacher Residency Preparation Program (UTRPP) (Office of Teaching and Learning)
Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) was awarded a five-year, $3,000,000 i3 grant funded by the United States Department of Education in support of the UTRPP.  The current agreement with USF will cover year five of the project and provide a total of $553,146 in i3 grant funds for this period of the project.  Per the terms of this agreement, an additional $8,000 will be provided to USF on a cost reimbursement basis, upon receipt of funds to the district from the Florida Education Fund, Inc. (FEF).  The goal of the project is to study an innovative approach to teacher preparation for undergraduate education majors that significantly alters the current teacher preparation model, and serves as a promising solution to a pressing national challenge of recruiting, preparing, and retaining effective teachers and leaders for low-income, high-need students.
• Provide a student-centered learning environment that engages every child • Recruit, support, and retain a highly effective and diverse workforce
Funds will be available from the following sources:
  • i3 Grant - $553,146, Project 3637
  • FEF - $8,000, Project 2946
Under the terms of the grant, HCPS is responsible for project evaluation.  HCPS will contract with an external, third-party organization that conducts an independent evaluation. HCPS personnel, USF project personnel, and key personnel from the Office of Strategy Management will work in collaboration with the external organization to provide the required reporting.  During the 2017/2018 school year, 12 residents who completed the two-year program were offered employment by HCPS. Seven residents accepted employment with HCPS. Evaluation during the current project period will compare the effectiveness ratings of these teachers to a matched comparison group of other HCPS teachers.
SUBMITTED BY:  Barbara B. Hancock, Instructional Leadership Director, Elementary Education
Deborah Cook   Gretchen Saunders
Chief Academic Officer, Teaching and Learning
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  Chief Business Officer
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    B 6.18
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20190611_925 (Board Meeting) * Section B Item# 6.18