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In 2015, the University-School Partnerships for the Renewal of Educator Preparation (US PREP) National Center was launched with efforts focused on the southern and midwestern parts of the U.S. This coalition, originally comprised of eight universities and school district partners in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas, is now expanding to New York and California, targeting educator talent pipelines for some of the biggest school districts in the U.S., such as the New York City public school system. Collectively, the coalition will prepare over 5,000 new teachers each year. 

Those selected include three colleges in New York City: Lehman College and Brooklyn College, which are part of the City University of New York (CUNY), and Touro College.

“Our goal is to prepare qualified and caring teachers to teach our students effectively in New York City and the Bronx in particular, who mostly come from ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse families with low socioeconomic status,” said Quian Gaoyin, interim dean of the School of Education at Lehman College. “We are confident that US PREP will help us to accomplish this goal.”

Two California universities are also joining US PREP: San Diego State University (SDSU) and University of Pacific. Rounding out the new partners are The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and one other, yet-to-be-announced Texas university.

“UTSA aspires to be a nationally recognized teacher preparation program, specifically for the ever-changing student population,” said Belinda Flores, professor and associate dean of professional preparation, assessment, and accreditation in the College of Education and Human Development, University of Texas at San Antonio. “Partnering with US PREP will provide UTSA the guidance needed to achieve our goal of becoming a model for other programs to emulate.”

Courtesy of US PREP

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