The Nevada Collaborative Teaching Improvement program (NeCoTIP) is federally funded by U.S. Department of Education- Title II Part A, Improving Teacher Quality State Grants
The purpose of this federal grant is to increase academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality. This program is carried out by: increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in classrooms; increasing the number of highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools; and increasing the effectiveness of teachers and principals by holding LEAs (Local Education Agencies) and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement. This federal grant is based on provisions stipulated under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act (Public Law PL 107-110).
For more information, visit U.S. Department of Education –Title II Part A program website.
Most of the Title II Part A funding received in Nevada is a formula grant to State Educational Agent (SEA) and distributed to schools or projects through the Nevada Department of Education. Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) also receives a separate formula grant awarded to State Agencies for Higher Education (SAHEs).
NeCoTIP subgrant provides an excellent opportunity for the educational community to address serious concerns relating to instruction in English language arts, mathematics, and science. NSHE has a strong commitment to increased in-service opportunities for school personnel that support excellent standards-based K-12 education.
This year’s subgrant competition asks for proposals for professional development that helps teachers understand and strengthen their content knowledge in preparation for implementation of the Nevada Academic Standards.
NeCoTIP subgrant through the NSHE is a competitive grant to partnership that must include at least (1) one institution of higher education (IHE) and its division that prepares teachers and principals, and (2) a school of arts, and sciences IHE, and (3) a high-need LEA (currently only Clark County School District in Nevada).
For subgrant application questions, contact Jeff Shih, NeCoTIP Project Director, (702) 895-5340, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tracy Spies, UNLV - Blended English Language Learning (BELL)
Project Title: Blended English Language Learning (BELL)
PI: Tracy Spies, University of Nevada Las Vegas email@example.com
The Blended English Language Learning (BELL) project will provide a teacher-leader professional development model to Clark County School District (CCSD) middle school teachers in the area of English Language Arts (ELA) and designed specifically to meet the academic and linguistic needs English learners (ELs). The BELL project is a collaborative effort between the TESOL and literacy faculty at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), teaching with technology faculty at Sierra Nevada College (SNC), and teacher leaders in CCSD. The BELL professional development activities will be generalized and device agnostic, focusing on what technology affords ELA teachers and ELs. Impacts of the project will be generalized to learn how successfully implemented BELL activities blend traditional, middle school learning environments, engage ELs, and provide the comprehensible input to attain the academic language and literacy skills outlined in the Nevada Academic Content Standards (NVACS).
Travis A. Olson, UNLV - Blending Technology and Statistics Education for Conceptual Understanding
Project Title: Blending Technology and Statistics Education for Conceptual Understanding
PI: Travis A. Olson, University of Nevada Las Vegas firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Nevada Las Vegas College of Education and Sciences will partner with the Clark County School District (CCSD) to enact professional development with middle and high school CCSD teachers (Grades 6-12) to support teachers’ statistical content knowledge and the use of dynamic statistical software and we-based environments in lessons to develop students’ conceptual statistical understandings. It has been well documented that both teachers and students have underdeveloped conceptions of sampling, probability, and data and statistical analyses. Over the duration of the project, six 5 hour professional development sessions will be held that will focus on using technology available in CCSD to develop both teacher and student understandings of statistical concepts within the Nevada Academic Content Standards. Specifically, mush of the content will focus on statistical questions, data representation and analysis, random sampling, bivariate analysis, interpreting liner models, conditional probability, and using probability to make decisions within contextualized problem situations. To maximize impact, the project will engage the teacher participants in developing engaging lesson plans focused on integrating classroom activities with dynamic statistical software. Participants will be expected to implement, reflect on, and revise lesson plans in an effort to enhance both their own statistical content knowledge, and the knowledge of their students.
Hasan Deniz, UNLV - Integrating Science, Engineering, and Language Arts within the Context of Next Generation Science and Common Core State Standards
Project Title: Integrating Science, Engineering, and Language Arts within the Context of Next Generation Science and Common Core State Standards.
PI: Hasan Deniz, University of Nevada Las Vegas, email@example.com
This project will serve 25 K-5 teachers in a sustained professional development program using a combination of summer institutes, school year face-to-face meetings, and classroom support. Elementary teachers who are in science leadership positions in the Clark County School District (CCSD) will be targeted. The project is designed in collaboration with partners from the CCSD, UNLV Science Education Program, and UNLV College of Engineering. The project seeks to improve K-5 (1) teachers’ knowledge to integrate science, engineering and language arts, (2) improving teachers’ knowledge to teach lessons organized around engineering design process, and (3) teachers’ knowledge to translate Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards into classroom practices.
For questions about NeCoTIP projects, contact Jeff Shih, NeCoTIP Project Director, (702) 895-5340, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nevada System of Higher Education System Sponsored Programs Office (SSPO) provides comprehensive grant administrative and financial services in accordance with federal uniform guidelines of 2 CFR 200 and Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). The NSHE SSPO is responsible for financial and budgetary actions, subaward administration and monitoring, required reporting, and program administration.
NeCoTIP subawardees are required to submit interim and final reports to NSHE SSPO.
For questions about subaward budget modifications and program reporting, contact:
MinSun Park, Research Administrator, (702) 522-7074, email@example.com