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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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 5-year, $3 million i3 grant funded by the United States Department of Education in support of UTRPP.  The current agreement with USF will cover year 3 of the project and provide a total of $439,128 in 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 HCPS 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 • Develop a culture of respect, trust, and collaboration • Continuously improve processes and systems • Establish a strong foundation of financial stewardship
Total year 3 funds for this agreement amount to $447,128.00.  Of this amount, grant funds in the amount of $439,128 will be available to USF for year 3 of the i3 grant, and match funds from FEF in the amount of $8,000 will be available to USF for year 3 of the i3 grant.  For tracking purposes, the project number specific to this agenda item is 2737.  As of January 2, 2017, the remaining balance less encumbrances for this line item will equal $447,128.00, of which $439,128.00 will comprise grant funds and $8,000.00 will comprise match funds received by HCPS from FEF.
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 Department of Assessment and Accountability work in collaboration with the external organization to provide the required reporting.
SUBMITTED BY:  Elizabeth Agresta, Chief Academic Officer, Office of Teaching and Learning
Barbara B. Hancock, Instructional Leadership Director, Elementary
Gretchen Saunders   Dr. Alberto Vázquez
Chief Business Officer
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  Chief of Staff
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    C 6.11
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20170117_805 (Board Meeting) * Section C Item# 6.11