For more than twenty years the Commission has been responsible for conducting grant
competitions and supporting initiatives that target improving the curriculum knowledge
and instructional competence of the California teaching workforce. The current program is the
Improving Teacher Quality State Grants Program, part of the federal
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
Note: Current grant competition information can be found in What Is New In CPEC ITQ
Improving Teacher Quality Program
What's New In CPEC ITQ
Improving Teacher Quality 2011 Request for Proposals
Dr. Darling-Hammond's PowerPoint Presentation
Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, Ed. D., spoke to the ITQ Project Director's in LA on February 4, 2011.
The conclusions derived from her extensive research and expertise demonstrated the importance of
the ITQ Program. Not only does the program reflect the kind of professional learning that she has
identified as the most effective and long lasting, but it also addresses the very real and
under-served need for ongoing professional development for all of our teachers.
Activity Schedule of Current Projects
Improving Teacher Quality program staff and Assessment and Dissemination
team members conduct site visits to observe professional development activities
first-hand. Available here is a periodically updated calendar of upcoming activities
reported by ITQ projects.
ITQ Media Kit
CPEC now has available a guide for grantees intended primarily for use by a media relations office or other campus entity devoted to publicizing your institution's news, programs, funding, achievements, and milestones. Also available is a tri-fold color ITQ brochure that lists and describes the current portfolio of CPEC grants.
As described in the ABOUT ITQ section of this website, the Improving Teacher Quality
State Grants (ITQ) was established under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.
Building on the success of fifteen years of the Eisenhower State Grant Program,
NCLB left the program largely intact making just one potentially far-ranging change:
all proposals and projects must be evidence-based.
California has led the way in implementing this new requirement. Each of the five RFPs
issued by the California Postsecondary Education Commission under the ITQ program have
required projects to draw from, and be based upon, scientifically-based research.
Each must include an evaluation research and dissemination plan for adding to the existing
research base. Today, the Commission funds more than 40 projects engaged in high quality
professional development with an integrated research component-a "project-within-a-project"
seeking to determine if and how that professional development led to increases in student
In 2008, Commission ITQ staff led by Howard Levine wrote and published the monograph
Educational Experiments: A Field Guide for Scientifically Based Research. It contains a
wealth of information on how the research component of an ITQ grant is conducted.
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