News in Brief: A National Roundup
Teaching Programs Win National Grants to Staff City Schools
Three urban teaching academies that focus on building strong partnerships with local schools and reducing teacher-dropout rates were recognized last week by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future.
The Washington-based group and the MetLife Foundation awarded $50,000 grants to each of the programs, which prepare teachers to staff high-need city schools. The recipients are California State University-Long Beach, the Academy for Urban School Leadership in Chicago, and Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J.
Teacher-candidates at the academies work alongside teams of expert teachers. Accomplished teachers serve as mentors and help tailor the curriculum to the needs of the aspiring teachers. After graduation, teacher-candidates are provided support by academy staff members as they move in teams to teach in other high-priority schools in the district.
The commission said it views urban teaching academies as “replicable models” that can be modified to prepare teachers for small and rural schools.
Vol. 25, Issue 27, Page 6