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On-Campus ‘Boutique’ Helps Student-Teachers Dress for Success

By Kristine Kim — April 01, 2016 1 min read

Here’s a nice new-teacher-development idea: An academic advisor at the Middle Tennessee State University’s College of Education has opened a clothing shop just for education students, the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, Tenn., reports.

The Clothing Our Educators Boutique, which is located in the education school, is intended to serve students who aren’t equipped with professional clothing and are on a student budget. The idea is to make sure students can find appropriate dress for student-teaching assignments or attending interviews.

The proprietor, June Adams, said that in working with students at the school, she had noticed that many did have proper attire for working in schools. "[M]ost aren’t as fortunate as others ... and attire is basically jeans, T-shirts and sneakers. ... I’m seeing the need every day.”

The store receives clothing donations from the public and local stories, and items are available at no cost to students who are in the “residency” stage of teacher-education program, according to a piece in the MTSU newspaper

Adams said she was inspired by similar program launched for business majors at the university.

Donations can be made by contacting at june.adams@mtsu.edu. Professional attire that is age appropriate for both men and women ages 20 to 30 is welcomed.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.