From Texas A&M University – Kingsville
KINGSVILLE (November 1, 2011) – Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s College of Education and Human Performance has received a U.S. Department of Education grant that will help prepare future educators to teach science, technology, engineering and math skills in high-need schools.
The $3.8 million five-year Teachers Earning Alternative Certification Here (TEACH) grant will fund a joint partnership between A&M-Kingsville and the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Together the universities will collaborate on online professional development modules. Recent college graduates and mid-career professionals will be recruited to participate in the program, which will provide each student with personal hands-on training through online resources and various other technologies. Each participant in the program will receive an iPad and other tools that will help them through the online training, mentoring components, and collaboration with other new teachers.
Dr. Glenda Holland, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling, said that this is a truly collaborative partnership between the two universities and participating schools. Schools identified as high-need from the surrounding area that have agreed to participate include Agua Dulce, Corpus Christi, Banquete, Beeville, Benavides, Donna, Freer, LaFeria, Mission, La Joya, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo, San Benito, Sinton and West Oso.
A special recruiter funded by grant dollars will begin recruiting for TEACH program students this fall. Eligible students will have a bachelor’s degree and will have displayed an interest in teaching science, technology, engineering and/or math courses. Students will begin the program in summer of 2012. Holland said 25 A&M-Kingsville students will participate in the program each year. Twenty-five University of Louisiana–Monroe students will participate in the TEACH program as well. Together, both institutions anticipate graduating 250 students from the program at the end of five years.