Welcome to your position as grant coordinator for the higher education (SAHE) Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) state partnership grants authorized through Title II, Part A, Subpart 3 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), reauthorized in 2001 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
The State Higher Education Executive Officers national association (SHEEO) coordinates a national network of SAHE Title II grant administrators, which we call the SHEEO K-16 Teacher Professional Development Collaborative. SHEEO has put together the information on this page specifically to help new Collaborative members orient themselves to their new position.
NCLB Title II, Part A, Improving Teacher Quality State Grants is a federal categorical program that combines the former ESEA Title II Eisenhower Professional Development and Title VI Federal Class-Size Reduction into one program. The purpose of NCLB Title II is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and districts (1) improve teacher and principal quality through professional development and other activities and (2) ensure all teachers are highly qualified.
SAHE Partnership Grants can only be awarded to partnerships that include the following three mandated partners:
- An Institution of Higher Education (IHE) school of education, AND
- An Institution of Higher Education (IHE) school of arts and sciences, AND
- A high-need Local Educational Agency (LEA) (must meet USDOE guidelines).
Additional partners are encouraged, including community colleges, school districts, county offices of education, and non-profit community organizations. However, all three of the mandated partners above must be represented in any proposal.
Lists of your state’s high-need LEAs can be found through the U.S. Department of Education USDOE website, or by contacting your state’s Department of Education.
For more information about the grant program, visit the USDOE Title II Website
The major function of the Collaborative is to serve as an open network among members to share information about the administration of the Title II SAHE Partnership Grants program.
We maintain two listservs for this purpose, through which members query each other about arising issues in the interpretation of the NCLB legislation, strategies for providing effective teacher professional development, and practical aspects of grant administration.
- The first listserv is a "Collaborative members" listserv (Collaborative-Members@sheeo.org), consisting only of the official contact for NCLB Title II, Part A, Subsection 3 funds from each state.
- The second listserv is a "friends of the Collaborative" listserv (SHEEO-Collaborative-General@sheeo.org), including official contacts, but also other interested parties from the states, as well as contacts from the Department of Education.
Over the years, the official contacts have found it useful to divide communications between these two listservs, as some items are better discussed among a group of peers, while other conversations benefit from a wider audience.
The best way to stay engaged in the Collaborative Network is to join one or both of these listservs. If you are an official grant coordinator, you have likely already been added to both listservs. If you feel you have not, or you are not an official coordinator but would like to receive information about the Collaborative and its activities, please request to be placed on the listserv by sending an email to:
In general, the Collaborative engages in three major activities each year:
- The Department of Education's Title II Grant Coordinators' Conference, held each year in June, in Washington DC;
- The SHEEO Collaborative Data Survey, filled out by SAHE coordinators in the fall of each year, and collected by SHEEO staff;
- The SHEEO Collaborative Meeting, held each year in August in conjunction with the SHEEO Higher Education Policy Conference.
Information about each of these activities, as well as a list of official Collaborative contacts in the states and their Title II websites, can be found on the collaborative page of the SHEEO website.
This website is meant to serve you, the SAHE Title II Grants Coordinator. We encourage you to take some time to look through the resources here. We recognize that there is an overwhelming amount of information available to you at this point, so we have listed below just a few critical resources that Collaborative members have found most useful in orienting to the work of a SAHE Title II Grants Coordinator.
- EDGAR – USDOE General Administrative Regulations
- NRG – USDOE Non-Regulatory Guidance
- Frequently Asked Questions
- California’s “Administrator’s Handbook” for Project Directors
As you progress with your work as a SAHE grant coordinator, you may wish to look at some sample documents to help you with your own work. Over time, the Collaborative members have most requested the following categories of documents. Please feel free to browse these sample documents at your convenience by clicking here.
Remember that the Collaborative exists to help you, the grant coordinator! If you have any questions along the way, feel free to email your SHEEO contact, Denise Pearson (firstname.lastname@example.org), directly, or to send your query to one of the listservs above.
SHEEO and the Collaborative are happy to welcome you to our network!