Queen Rania Teacher Academy advances education in Jordan and throughout the Middle East by providing teachers access to training, professional support, and the latest research on educational methods and policies. QRTA draws on the expertise of its partners — Columbia University Teachers College, the Columbia University Middle East Research Center, and Jordanian government agencies—to support teacher training and strengthen school communities in Jordan and across the region. Launched in June 2009 under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, QRTA offers ongoing professional development opportunities for educators and is supporting the creation of Jordan's first formalized, comprehensive induction program for newly hired teachers.