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Teaching Programs Win National Grants to Staff City Schools

By Vaishali Honawar — March 14, 2006 1 min read
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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.

A version of this article appeared in the March 15, 2006 edition of Education Week

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