UNCG Wins Large Federal Grant to Recruit, Train Teachers
Almost 500 future teachers — and their future students — will benefit from a five-year, $6.9 million federal grant to the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded 12 Teacher Quality Partnership grants to programs across the country as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. UNCG’s proposal, Project ENRICH, marks a partnership between the university and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.
“This grant will support UNCG’s leadership in preparing exceptional teachers, a tradition at the university for almost 120 years,” said UNCG Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “Outstanding teachers, like the ones who will be trained through this program, inspire their students. Successful schools are a cornerstone of healthy communities and a vibrant economy.”
The Department of Education has classified the Winston/Forsyth Schools as “high-need.” UNCG will recruit and train teachers, including about 20 resident teachers per year who will earn master’s degrees and get hands-on training working with experienced teachers in the school system. Residents will be selected to mirror the diversity of the student population, must have an undergraduate degree in a content area and no teaching credential.
“The residents will earn a living wage while spending four days a week in the classroom with a master teacher,” said Dr. Betty Epanchin, principal investigator of the project and associate dean of teacher education and school relationships. “The residents will start their program in the summer, taking three courses designed to prepare them for the initial work they will do in the classrooms.”
Project ENRICH is designed to:
• Prepare approximately 475 teachers during the five-year period (100 residents in math, science, special education and English language learners, and 375 undergraduates in a variety of fields that include elementary, middle and secondary teachers from multiple areas: math, science, English, social studies, foreign languages as well as music, art, physical education and literacy).
• Recruit talented and diversified teacher candidates to address an ever-growing and diverse population of students.
• Establish a continuum of support and professional development between UNCG and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools that spans educators’ careers, including pre-service preparation, the induction period and the professional status.
• Support the development of school-based leaders within the region and orient principals to their role as instructional leaders and their responsibility for teacher retention.
• Explore and develop ways in which technology can be used to provide training as well as to support communication and learning.
• Establish an Office for Teacher Education Evaluation at UNCG to provide teacher education programs with reliable, valid and relevant data for continuous improvement of the teacher education programs. A central focus of these data will be on preparing teachers who have the knowledge and skills to positively impact K-12 student success in schools.
“This grant provides an excellent opportunity for UNCG to strengthen its teacher preparation and partnership and engagement with schools to improve the quality of education,” said Dale Schunk, dean of the School of Education. “We look forward to working with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools on this landmark project over the next several years.”
For more information on Project ENRICH, contact Dr. Betty Epanchin at (336) 334-5993 or Bcepanch@uncg.edu.
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