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June 2021

Texas Tech Launches Large-Scale Effort to Address Teacher Talent Needs in West Texas

In an effort to provide a long-term, systemic solution to a shortage of high-quality educators in rural West Texas schools, Texas Tech University's College of Education is establishing the West Texas Rural Education Partnership – an alliance of West Texas universities, community colleges, and school districts that will collaboratively recruit and prepare educators specifically for rural classrooms in the region.

The goal of the alliance is to develop and implement an inter-institutional strategy that will provide a pathway toward teaching in rural schools for community members, high school students and existing teacher candidates. The goal is to staff unfilled vacancies, dramatically reduce rates of attrition and prepare teachers who are truly committed to their rural, West Texas communities. The partnership is predicted to produce 200 new community-based teachers each year.

To kick off the initiative, Texas Tech will host a Partnership Summit June 24-25 at the Texas Tech Dairy Barn. Attending the summit will be representatives from the University of Texas Permian BasinUniversity of Texas at El Paso and West Texas A&M University, nine community colleges, and eight school districts. An additional summit is scheduled for December.

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Join us in congratulating Texas Tech University’s College of Education on their ongoing efforts to benefit underserved classrooms across West Texas.

For more details, contact
Doug Hamman
[email protected]
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