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The Improving Teacher Quality Grant (ITQG) Program, administered by the Academic Affairs group of the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE), aims to fulfill a need for subject-specific, ongoing professional development in Missouri, and to yield a positive, sustained impact on science and mathematics education in Missouri. 


The MDHE receives, and the Academic Affairs group administers, approximately 
$1.2 million in federal funds annually for the professional development of K-12 teachers. The ITOG aims to fulfill a need for subject-specific, ongoing professional development in Missouri, and to yield a positive, sustained impact on science and mathematics education in Missouri. This web portal focuses on the program's evaluation and supports the individual projects' evaluations of their own work, helping to ensure the effectiveness of their efforts. 


The ITQG in Missouri is now in its 14th cycle of funding, having already supported 101 projects in over 296 districts across Missouri. More than 2,068 teachers have participated in at least one of these projects, and these teachers have directly impacted almost 137,845 students. Collaborations of institutions of higher education, school districts, informal education organizations, community-based organizations, scientists, engineers. mathematicians and other professionals come together for year-round innovative teacher professional development programming to support enhanced student learning. Ultimately, Missouri's and the nation's future success largely depends on the education and careers achieved by today's students. 


Four projects are funded in the MDHE ITQG's Cycle 14. All are returning projects from previous cycles. Cycle 14 focuses on mathematics and science achievement with embedded literacy of both teachers and students and works to enhance inquiry pedagogy. These projects cover most regions of the state, range across grades K-12, and offer a diverse set of approaches in addressing teacher professional development and, by extension, the learning needs of students in a variety of mathematics and science content areas with literacy integration. 

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Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program (ITQG)

​Cycle 14 Projects

  • Missouri State University, Science and Technology for Elementary Educators: A Literacy, Engineering and Environmental Approach (STEEL)

  • Missouri State University, Getting it W.R.I.T.E. (Writing, Reading, Inquiry, Technology & Engineering) in Mathematics (WRITE) 

  • Missouri University of Science & Technology, Science Education and Quantitative Literacy: An Inquiry-based Approach (SEQL) 

  • University of Missouri - Columbia, STEM-Based Literacy: A Statewide Initiative 

Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) and Improving Teacher Quality Grant (ITQG) Program