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.

NeCoTIP Subgrant

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.

Application eligibility:

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,

Funded Projects

Transitions in Mathematics for Middle School (TIMMS) Cohort I and II

The Transitions In Mathematics for Middle School (TIMMS) project brings together the Clark County School District and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to provide one year of sustained and comprehensive professional development with the goal of improving student learning and achievement in mathematics. The partnership’s leadership committee includes university faculty from the UNLV College of Education and the UNLV Department of mathematics. This proposal is focused on 4th to 6th grade teachers and the Nevada Academic Content Standards.

Teachers in grades 4-6 will engage in sustained professional development in mathematics with three main objectives (a) Improving teachers’ mathematics content knowledge, (b) Increasing teachers’ understanding of the Nevada Academic Content Standards, and ( c) Enhancing teacher knowledge and skills to use proven instructional strategies for diverse learners.

The components of the professional development are delivered through a summer seminar. The professional development activities are coordinated through ongoing, facilitated professional learning communities at participating schools. The professional development is based on the following research based books: Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics: Developmentally appropriate instruction for grades 3-5, Teaching Student Centered Mathematics: Developmentally appropriate instruction for grades 6-8, Beyond Invert and Multiply: Grades 3-6, Making Sense of Fraction Computation, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics book Putting Essential Understanding of Ratios and Proportions into Practice Grades 6-8. The content and practices are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The professional development and professional learning communities will focus on strategies for improving instruction to help all students succeed in mathematics.

The project evaluation uses classroom observations, teacher content knowledge assessments, professional learning community (PLC) documents, and teacher surveys.

Note: The TIMMS Project was also awarded for cohort II by the FY17 NeCoTIP grant as the result of the success of the initial project and will serve more teachers for the grant period of January 2017 through September 2018.

Project Contact

Grant Administration

The Nevada System of Higher Education System Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) 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 SPO is responsible for financial and budgetary actions, subaward administration and monitoring, required reporting, and program administration.

Program Reports

NeCoTIP subawardees are required to submit interim and final reports to NSHE SPO.

For questions about subaward budget modifications and program reporting, contact: Jeff Shih, NeCoTIP Project Director, (702) 895-5340,