The University of Houston's College of Education will be one of six universities across the southern U.S. to participate in a $34.7 million program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to advance teacher preparation.
The program pairs colleges and universities with a school district in their area to collaborate on refreshing teaching practices and developing the best techniques for moving forward.
“Being part of Gates’ funding speaks to the critical work being done here at the College of Education,” University of Houston Dean Robert McPherson said. “This is a great opportunity to collaborate with other teacher preparation programs interested in reform, learn from those who have already undergone reform and strengthen our partnerships with the school districts we serve.”
The other pairs participating in the program are Texas Tech University/Lubbock Independent School District, Southern Methodist University/Dallas Independent School District, Southeastern Louisiana University/ Ascension/St. Charles Parish Schools, Jackson State University/ Jackson Public Schools, and University of Memphis/ Shelby County Schools.
The grant will also pay for five Teacher Preparation Transformation Centers across the country.
Approximately 2,600 students pursue more than 30 academic programs through the University of Houston's College of Education. The college's online graduate program is the top-ranked program of its kind according to U.S. News and World Report, and its elementary and secondary teacher prep programs have been ranked in the top five by the National Council on Teacher Quality Teacher Prep Review.