Challenging the Status Quo

“In the world of education reform, where cities like D.C., Denver and New York City are often recognized for their innovative leaders and groundbreaking policies, the work of a Texas college of education and its partner districts has quietly, but surely begun to shine a light onto a masterful new model of teacher preparation and district reform”(How a Texas College of Education Is Building Meaningful Partnerships with Schools, n.d.).  Over the past decade, Texas Tech University has created a unique model for teacher preparation programs that centers around authentic partnerships with school districts and focuses closely on teacher preparation and student success.  The collaboration between university and schools has sparked innovation and change that benefits the whole community.  From this innovation, new practices in teacher preparation have been developed that support the training and growth of new teachers.

US PREP was launched in 2015 with six university-school partners. In 2017, two new partners were added, spanning across Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. It now will launch a second cohort of eight universities concentrated in New York, Texas, and California, targeting educator talent pipelines for some of the biggest school districts in the U.S., including the New York City public school system. Collectively, the coalition prepares over 5,000 teacher candidate completers each year.

“The idea that Texas Tech’s model of teacher preparation is being used as a template nationwide is very exciting,” said Sarah Beal, executive director at US PREP.

“We’ve seen the US PREP model have tremendous success preparing high-quality teachers across Texas and the U.S., and we’re extremely proud to see it spread even farther.”

Today, the coalition consists of fifteen universities whose stellar faculty and staff are engaged with district partners to support the growth and development of strong, capable teachers who have the potential to positively impact the lives of countless students across the nation.

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“I believe the historical lack of deep and authentic university-school partnerships has been the cause of some of today’s challenges in American education. Now we have the opportunity to demonstrate how alignment can be a solution. We rise or fall together.”

Dr. Scott Ridley

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SARAH BEAL

Executive Director

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DEDRA LEE COLLINS

Senior Director of Content Development and Programming

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MARCELO SCHMIDT

Director for Research and Continuous Improvement

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CALVIN STOCKER

Senior Director of Operations & Strategic Initiatives

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LYNDA SCOTT

Regional Transformation Support Specialist

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NICOLE AVENI

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MICHELLE R FRANCO-WESTACOTT

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LAURA LA CROIX

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SARAH SALTMARSH

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MICHAEL HARPER

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LIZ LINDSEY

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JIAN WANG

Design Based Research Leader

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RAYMOND FLORES

Design Based Research Leader

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