20 U.S. Code § 1034 - Teach to reach grants
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(a) Authorization of program
(1) In general
The Secretary is authorized to award grants, on a competitive basis, to eligible partnerships to improve the preparation of general education teacher candidates to ensure that such teacher candidates possess the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively instruct students with disabilities in general education classrooms.
(2) Duration of grants
A grant under this section shall be awarded for a period of not more than five years.
(b) Definition of eligible partnership
In this section, the term “eligible partnership” means a partnership that—
(1) shall include—
(A) one or more departments or programs at an institution of higher education—
(ii) that have a program of study that leads to an undergraduate degree, a master’s degree, or completion of a postbaccalaureate program required for teacher certification; and
(C) a department or program at an institution of higher education that provides degrees in core academic subjects; and
An eligible partnership that receives a grant under this section—
(1) shall use the grant funds to—
(A) develop or strengthen an undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, or master’s teacher preparation program by integrating special education strategies into the general education curriculum and academic content;
(B) provide teacher candidates participating in the program under subparagraph (A) with skills related to—
(i) response to intervention, positive behavioral interventions and supports, differentiated instruction, and data driven instruction;
(iv) collaborating with special educators, related services providers, and parents, including participation in individualized education program development and implementation; and
An eligible partnership seeking a grant under this section shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require. Such application shall include—
(1) a self-assessment by the eligible partnership of the existing teacher preparation program at the institution of higher education and needs related to preparing general education teacher candidates to instruct students with disabilities; and
(e) Peer review
The Secretary shall convene a peer review committee to review applications for grants under this section and to make recommendations to the Secretary regarding the selection of grantees. Members of the peer review committee shall be recognized experts in the fields of special education, teacher preparation, and general education and shall not be in a position to benefit financially from any grants awarded under this section.
(1) By the partnership
(A) In general
An eligible partnership receiving a grant under this section shall conduct an evaluation at the end of the grant period to determine—
(i) the effectiveness of the general education teachers who completed a program under subsection (c)(1) with respect to instruction of students with disabilities in general education classrooms; and
(2) Report by the Secretary
Not later than 180 days after the last day of the grant period under this section, the Secretary shall make available to Congress and the public the findings of the evaluations submitted under paragraph (1), and information on best practices related to effective instruction of students with disabilities in general education classrooms.
Source(Pub. L. 89–329, title II, § 251, as added Pub. L. 110–315, title II, § 201(3),Aug. 14, 2008, 122 Stat. 3159.)
A prior section 1034,Pub. L. 89–329, title II, § 224, as added Pub. L. 102–325, title II, § 201,July 23, 1992, 106 Stat. 470, required Secretary to consult with appropriate library and information science professional bodies in determining critical needs and priorities under former sections 1032 and 1033 of this title, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 104–208, div. A, title I, § 101(e) [title VII, § 708(b)], Sept. 30, 1996, 110 Stat. 3009–233, 3009–312.
Another prior section 1034,Pub. L. 89–329, title II, § 224, as added Pub. L. 96–374, title II, § 201,Oct. 3, 1980, 94 Stat. 1385, authorized special purpose grants, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 99–498, title II, § 204(a),Oct. 17, 1986, 100 Stat. 1289.
Another prior section 1034,Pub. L. 89–329, title II, § 223, formerly § 224,Nov. 8, 1965, 79 Stat. 1228, Pub. L. 91–230, title IV, § 401(h)(4),Apr. 13, 1970, 84 Stat. 174, and renumbered Pub. L. 92–318, title I, § 111(b)(3)(D),June 23, 1972, 86 Stat. 240, related to grants for research and demonstration projects, prior to the general amendment of this subchapter by Pub. L. 96–374.
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