Division of Teaching & Learning Support

Mission Statement

The mission of the Division of Teaching and Learning Support (TLS) is to improve student performance. To that end, TLS is home to staff who administers a variety of state, federal, and private programs that provide support to school district staff across the state.

Staff in the TLS perform the following duties on behalf of the state:

Analyze and stay up-to-date with state and federal legislation and regulations, educational trends, standards and assessment activities, school improvement strategies, and research bases programs and strategies that will help improve student achievement--and then share information with the field.

Directly provide or arrange for technical assistance or professional development related to any of the aforementioned program areas, school improvement and reform, or standards and assessment.

Conduct meetings, institutes, conferences and work sessions to help school staff meet the goals of various state and federal programs.

Write grants applications for additional educational funding for the state and for school districts.

Collaborate with other state agencies, postsecondary educational organizations, non-profit agencies, business and community groups, and school districts to create and implement programs that help all students meet high standards.

Issue Requests for Proposals/Applications for funding and issue grants and contracts.

Process Teacher Certifications applications and issue certifications.

Conduct monitoring visits or paper monitoring of district programs to ensure compliance.