MNA adds to its portfolio another large teacher quality and preparation grant evaluation opportunity. The team recently contracted with Coppin State University (Baltimore, MD) to evaluate the 5-year USDE-funded, Teacher Quality and Partnership (TQP) grant. CSU was among the four grant award recipients in fall 2016. The project, Pathways to Professions (P2P), will impact up to 300 aspiring and new teachers and 60 mentors during the grant period. MNA’s team will use mixed methods to study the efficacy, impact, and potential for scaled implementation, particularly among high-poverty rural and urban schools in the state of MD. CSU will partner with Frostburg State University (FSU) and together through the processes of a mega community, recruitment, clinical preparation, induction and support, and institutionalization, P2P expects that a minimum of 85% of the teacher candidates, 85% of the new teachers, and 85% of the mentors will successfully complete the program requirements with documented impact on P-12 students across Alleghany County and Baltimore City Public Schools. Looking forward to the new partnership! To read more about the grant: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/tqpartnership/awards.html
Kavita Mittapalli, Ph.D., is the CEO of MN Associates, Inc. She brings over 18 years of experience in conducting research and evaluation for various programs and initiatives. She started MNA while in grad school at George Mason University (VA). An agriculture graduate turned applied sociologist and a mixed methodologist by training, Kavita brings her extensive qualitative and quantitative research skills to the evaluation work she does.