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UT Tyler Helps Improve Low-Performing Schools in Turnaround Partnership

June 27, 2018

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The University of Texas at Tyler
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The University of Texas at Tyler is one of five University of Texas academic institutions to join the UT System PreK-12 School Turnaround Partnership, which connects university colleges of education with "improvement required" public schools across the state.

Through this collaboration, education specialists at UT Tyler will assist some of the region's lowest-performing schools in areas such as evaluating curricula, instructional planning and delivery, assessment, student success and access, grant writing, and leadership and board governance.

"We are proud to team up with the Texas Education Agency and other UT institutions to help strengthen PreK-12 schools in our area," said Dr. Ross Sherman, UT Tyler College of Education and Psychology Dean. "By dedicating our time, resources and expertise, we will be able to prepare students for success throughout their educational careers."

The UT System PreK-12 School Turnaround Partnership is a project within the Texas Prospect Initiative, part of the UT System's strategic framework to strengthen the PreK-12 student pipeline and college readiness.

"This partnership focuses on student success and community engagement, which are two of the key pillars in UT Tyler's strategic plan. We believe through this partnership we are not only strengthening East Texas public schools, we are making the community stronger." said Dr. Amir Mirmiran, UT Tyler provost and vice president for academic affairs.

A member of the prestigious UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler focuses on student success and innovative research in the more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered. With more than 10,000 students, UT Tyler has facilities in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.