Challenging the Status Quo
US PREP was the vision of Texas Tech University College of Education Dean Scott Ridley long before it became a reality. With a career-long commitment to improving the quality of teacher education in the United States, he has been instrumental in creating and implementing a new approach to teacher preparation. Having learned much and experienced both successes and challenges, Ridley was determined to take the lessons learned and impact education in his home state of Texas when he was selected to take the reins as Dean of Texas Tech’s College of Education in 2012.
The TechTeach program was born in short order. And with the success of this reformed approach to teacher preparation came the desire to take what was working well in West Texas and extrapolate it across Texas and ultimately the United States.
About the same time, Bill and Melinda Gates were looking for innovative approaches to change the face of education in our country. TechTeach and other programs in the Texas Tech College of Education caught their eye. Along with a team of experts in the field of teacher education and a few forward thinking university administrators willing to pilot the program, Dean Ridley wrote a grant proposal and ultimately received 7 million dollars from the Gates Foundation to launch US PREP, the only university based center for educational transformation in the nation.
Today a faculty and staff of committed leaders in the field of education are implementing the work of US PREP and growing its scope and vision to truly change the face of education in our nation.