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Touro University California’s Graduate School of Education awarded grant for Teacher Preparation
Awarded a $300,000 Gates Foundation funded US PREP Program Grant
Vallejo, CA (January 8, 2020): Touro University California’s (TUC’s) Graduate School of Education (GSOE) was recently awarded $300,000 over the course of three years to participate in a Gates Foundation funded US PREP program, joining over 20 prestigious Schools of Education across the country. Additional funding will provide personnel to support this initiative within the Vallejo City Unified School District. In addition, GSOE will be afforded opportunities to attend workshops throughout the country with US PREP partners. Through a 3-year process, the Graduate School of Education will transform its Teacher Preparation Program to become a community based and district integrated model that produces community-focused, high quality, diverse teachers. GSOE will partner with Vallejo City Unified School District beginning with the hiring process through retention, as well as share data sets, and align systems to create strong retention of newly prepared teachers in the district. The goal over the next few years is to develop this pilot and extend the model to the many other districts we serve, completing the transformation of our program, approach, and partnerships.
The University-School Partnerships for the Renewal of Educator Preparation (US PREP) National Center is a comprehensive, multi-organizational collaborative with the mission of attracting, training and retaining high quality, racially diverse teachers for underserved communities across the country. More information can be found at https://www.usprepnationalcenter.com/.
About the Touro College and University System: Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The University, home to 1,400 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit www.tu.edu or call 707-638-5200.# #