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The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education has received a $1.4 million grant from the DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund to help incorporate health and human-services training into teacher education programs.

Institutions that have been working with human-services agencies will be invited to compete for grants of $250,000. The association plans to award four grants and to develop materials for use nationwide to encourage better coordination between academic programs for teachers and human-services professionals.

"The time has come for the teacher education program to join the movement toward service integration,'' said Marilyn J. Guy, the president of AACTE.

The association will host a teleconference in 1994 to discuss how the concept of providing "comprehensive services'' to children relates to teacher education.


The Southern Education Foundation has received a two-year, $200,000 grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation to help leadership teams of teachers, parents, principals, and community activists improve four New Orleans public schools.

The foundation plans to develop the St. Bernard Community School Leadership Academy in conjunction with Xavier and Tulane universities and the public schools.

The teams will focus on improving instruction and the delivery of social services to students.

The foundation hopes to change the traditional structure of the school by involving the leadership teams in the decisionmaking process, according to the foundation's president, Eldridge W. McMillan.


A new, nonprofit organization called the National Teacher Recruitment Program has been established to help provide schools with dedicated, well-trained teachers.

The Washington-based organization plans to recruit high-achieving high school and college students beginning in September 1993. Adults also will be eligible for the program.

Qualified individuals will be offered full or partial scholarships for the 1994-95 school year to complete teacher education programs, according to Kevin Lee, the organization's founder and president.

Each recipient will be asked to pledge to teach a certain amount of time, based upon the amount of scholarship assistance.

The group is asking major corporations to sponsor students by contributing $2,500 per student per year and has established partnerships with other recruiting efforts and education groups.--A.B.

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