Known for disrupting traditional education’s method of teacher preparation in multiple settings prior to being named the Dean of Texas Tech University’s College of Education in 2012, Scott Ridley and the team of leaders at Texas Tech hit the challenge head on and made waves by launching the TechTeach across Texas program.
Simultaneously, resourceful College of Education at leading-edge universities were also challenging the status quo of teacher preparation while philanthropic funders were looking for innovative approaches that would ensure teachers were ready for the classroom day one.
The cutting edge research and real-world application coming from Texas Tech’s College of Education caught everyone’s eye resulting in a 7 million dollar grant to launch US PREP, the only university based center for educational transformation in the nation.
Texas Tech University & Lubbock ISD were the first to implement the partnership quickly followed by a coalition including the University of North Texas Dallas & Dallas ISD, the University of Houston & Houston ISD, Southeastern Louisiana University & Ascension, St. Charles & Tangipahoa Parishes, Jackson State University & Jackson Public Schools and the most recent partner, the University of Memphis & Shelby County Schools.
Today, the coalition of stellar faculty and staff from each partner university and engaged district partners alongside the committed and talented leaders from US PREP are changing the face of education in our nation.