The Teacher Collaborative Grant is designed to improve teacher education, prepare teachers for higher teacher standards, and integrate teacher induction, professional development, and advancement to meet the goals of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future.
A comprehensive guidelines packet, online application, and other pertinent information related to the Teacher Collaborative Grant program will be posted on this website.
What is the Teacher Collaborative Grant program?
The Teacher Collaborative Grant program was established to provide seed grant funds to collaboratives to develop state-of-the-art professional education for prospective and current teachers that reflects international and national best practices that can subsequently be replicated in local school systems and increase the quality and diversity of the teacher candidate pipeline.
A completed grant application must identify a signed partnership agreement among at least one local education agency (LEA), one educator preparation program (EPP), and one exclusive employee representative to form a teacher collaborative to design and implement at least two of the following:
- A 21st-century full-year practicum for teacher candidates; practicum placements must be organized in a career ladder as described in Education Articles
- A Professional Development program that provides state-of-the-art training and education in key focus areas; and/or
- A Peer Assistance and Review program to support induction and mentoring programs for new and struggling teachers; schools implementing this program must be organized in a career ladder.
Who can apply?
An application shall identify a signed partnership agreement among at least one of each of the following:
- A Local Education Agency (LEA);
- An Educator Preparation Program (EPP); and
- An exclusive employee representative (an employee organization designated as the exclusive representative of all public school employees in a county).
An LEA or EPP may submit an application to the MSDE to receive a grant to form a teacher collaborative. Priority will be given to projects whose designs incorporate the following priorities:
- A teacher collaborative that uses Lead Teachers, Distinguished Teachers, and Professor Distinguished teachers holding National Board Certification.
- A teacher collaborative that has at least two cohorts completing the 21st-century practicum.
- A teacher collaborative in which partners have co-equal Principal Investigator status and co-develop the program design features.
The MSDE reserves the right to consider geographic distribution when making awards.
When will the application be open?
January 17, 2023 through March 15, 2023
How do I apply?
The Teacher Collaborative Grant Application can be downloaded here. A signed electronic copy in
format, must be submitted by email to
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Grants and Compliance Program Manager
What if I need help with the application?
The MSDE will hold several customer service support sessions for interested applicants. During these sessions, MSDE personnel will provide an overview of the program, the requirements, and the scoring rubric. To attend a virtual session, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- January 30, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- February 8, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
- March 3, 2023 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.