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The CREST-Ed Grant

Overview:

The Collaboration and Resources for Encouraging and Supporting Transformations in Education (CREST-Ed) grant was developed to meet the challenges of preparing and retaining teachers for the specific demands of teaching critical subjects in high needs schools in urban and rural localities.

CREST-Ed was awarded to Georgia State University College of Education & Human Development by the U.S. Department of Education in the fall of 2014. Georgia State was one in 24 institutions nationwide to be awarded this competitive teacher quality partnership grant.

CREST-Ed is a data driven initiative that offers resources to address the needs of our partners and learners by preparing high-quality teachers and bolstering the existing workforce through targeted professional development so that new teachers will enter school environments designed to help them perform to the best benefits of their students.

CREST-Ed's primary goal is to increase the number of highly qualified teachers who are committed to high need schools, particularly in urban and rural settings.

The projects or initiatives that the grant will focus on are:

enhancing undergraduate teacher preparation programs through extended field experiences, co-teaching and STEM activities

enhancing graduate teacher preparation programs through residencies that include strong mentor training

promoting STEM through professional development, faculty liaisons and access to advance credentialing support

supporting the implementation of internationally benchmarked, college-and-career ready academic standards through Academy for Future Teachers and Early College High School Program.

The CREST-Ed partnership consists of three public universities in Georgia (Georgia State University, Albany State University, Columbus State University), nine local education agencies (Atlanta Public Schools, Calhoun County Schools, Clayton County Schools, DeKalb County Schools, Dougherty County Schools, Fulton County Schools, Gwinnett County Schools, Mitchell County Schools, Terrell County Schools) and one nonprofit agency – the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future.

The focus will be to train and support 250-300 students who want to teach in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), special education and English as a Second Language (ESOL).

Although the hallmark of the CREST-Ed grant is the Teacher Residency Program, there are other initiatives.

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