IU to Establish Center on Teacher Quality

Posted: Updated:

A portion of a federally-funded $5 million State Personnel Development grant will allow Indiana University to establish a center that aims to increase the number of high-quality teachers serving students with disabilities. The Indiana Center on Teacher Quality will also seek to improve educational outcomes for those students.

The Center for Teacher Quality will be operated by IU's Center on Education and Lifelong Learning and Center on Community Living and Careers. The university says the goals of the project are "grounded in the concept of educational equity for teachers and students."

The project aims to provide teachers with job-embedded professional development and improve recruitment, support and retention of teachers who teach students with disabilities. The center will also work to improve school transitions and post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.

"The Indiana Department of Education Office of Special Education is thrilled to announce its new partnership with the Centers on Education and Lifelong Learning and Community Living and Careers,” said Kristan Sievers-Coffer, educational consultant with the Indiana Department of Education. “Both centers combine the unique expertise and deep knowledge of working with schools and communities to welcome, include, educate and support all learners. They have an impressive history of principled, powerful and focused work with schools across Indiana. We are proud to be partnering with these outstanding leaders as we look to improve educational outcomes for all students.”

The project is being co-directed by Sandi Cole and Teresa Grossi, both of whom are adjunct professors in the IU School of Education. 

  • Perspectives

    • We’re Having the Wrong Conversations About Safety

      Every time there’s a shooting at a school or a workplace, the arguments begin. We need more police officers stationed in the buildings. We need to arm teachers or encourage employees to carry handguns. We should invest in smokescreen systems or bulletproof partitions. Everyone should hide from the shooter. Everyone should run from the shooter. Everyone should confront the shooter. It’s healthy that we’re discussing safety, but unfortunately, we’re talking...



  • Most Popular Stories

    • West Lafayette Center Breaks Ground

      West Lafayette city officials this week broke ground on the $31.5 million West Lafayette Wellness and Aquatic Center at Cumberland Park. Plans for the 72,000-square-foot project feature a natatorium, three gymnasiums, exercise machines, free weights and community rooms. 

    • Forbes Ranks Top Colleges; 3 Indiana Schools Make the Cut

      Forbes released its 12th annual ranking of America’s Top Colleges based on direct benefits a university or college provides its students. Several Indiana universities made the list in some “sub-categories”, like Grateful Graduates Index, but the University of Notre Dame was the only school in the state to break the top 20 overall rankings.

    • (photo courtesy of the Marshall County EDC)

      Wire and Cable Startup to Set Up Shop in Argos

      A startup wire and cable company has announced plans to launch operations in Marshall County. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Sequel Wire and Cable LLC will invest $53 million to purchase and equip the 50,000-square-foot Argos Manufacturing Center and create 120 jobs by the end of 2024. The company plans to expand the facility to more than 162,000 square feet and begin operations in early 2020. The $2.7 million Argos Manufacturing Center was built in part with...

    • (courtesy: Frank Logan/Military Vehicle Preservation Assoc.)

      Historic Military Convoy to Cross Indiana

      A sentinel moment of U.S. history is playing out Sunday in South Bend when the recreation of the U.S. Army Transcontinental Military Convoy rolls into town. Approximately 70 historic military vehicles are retracing the original 1919 cross country trip which traveled along the famed Lincoln Highway.

    • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Names President and CEO

      Jeremy Kranowitz has been named president and chief executive officer of community nonprofit Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.  Kranowitz previously served as managing director for Sustainability of Hazon, an organization that focuses on environmental change, especially within Jewish communities.