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UT Tyler, A&M-Commerce Awarded $1.29 Million to Implement Innovative Teacher Residency Program in State

February 11, 2014

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
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The University of Texas at Tyler, in collaboration with Texas A&M University-Commerce, has been awarded a $1.29 million grant to implement and evaluate an innovative Teacher Residency Program, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.

The proposed program – the first of its kind in Texas – will be based on the Urban Teachers Residency United Program in Chicago, which is one of the most successful models for training teachers and increasing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teacher shortages in both urban and rural districts.

The “Texas Teacher Residency Program (TRes): An Apprenticeship Model for Texas” will use a one-year teacher residency program leading to a master’s degree and teacher certification in a STEM field. TRes will also include a research component to determine the merits of two different teacher residency-mentoring models through comparative research.

UT Tyler and Texas A&M University-Commerce will partner with the Tyler and Mesquite Independent School Districts, respectively.

“The TRes grant will provide important resources to assist school districts in filling teaching positions in critical areas, especially STEM. We look forward to working with our partners,” said Dr. Michael Odell, UT Tyler vice president for research and technology transfer, who serves as the primary grant investigator for UT Tyler.

Odell, professor of STEM education and the Celia and Sam Roosth chair in education at UT Tyler, will direct program efforts between TISD and the UT Tyler School of Education within the College of Education and Psychology.

The Texas Teacher Residency Program is funded by the Texas Education Agency and administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

For more information, contact Odell, 903.566.7149 or modell@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler features excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 7,500 high-ability students. UT Tyler offers courses at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine as well as a location in Houston.
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