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Jeffco gets Gates grant for teacher development

The Jeffco schools Friday announced a $5.2 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund professional development for middle and high school teachers.

The three-year grant will be used for teacher training with an emphasis on professional development created by teachers.

Jeffco was one of three districts chosen from nine applicants for the Innovative Professional Development (iPD) grants.

Heather Beck, Jeffco chief academic officer, said the training for teachers will use a variety of learning models including online, in person or a combination of both.

“In the past much of professional development has been developed for the masses,” Beck said. “Now we’re building a system that will personalize learning for our teachers, just as we are personalizing learning for our students.”