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TWU, Fort Worth ISD receive $1.65 million grant to address teacher shortage


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University and the Fort Worth Independent School District will partner to address critical teacher shortages in the FWISD using a $1.65 million Transition to Teaching grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

One of only 20 Transition to Teaching grants awarded nationally, the grant covers five years, with first-year funding of $236,315.

“We were thrilled to be awarded the grant, and we’re excited about partnering with TWU,” said Dr. Catherine Dikes, director of the Fort Worth ISD’s Grants and Development Department. “This is a great opportunity for us.”

The goal of the Fort Worth ISD program, titled “HQ-ED: Highly Qualified Educators for Diversity,” is to recruit 120 teacher aides, recent college graduates without education degrees and mid-career professionals for intensive teacher preparation in math, science, bilingual education and special education.

“Teacher shortages are soaring,” said Dr. Claudia Sanchez, assistant professor of teacher education at TWU and co-author of the grant proposal. “It’s important to bring highly qualified teachers into the classroom, especially in these high-need areas.”

During the initial phase of the program, teacher aides within the district who have associate’s degrees will earn their bachelor’s degrees and teacher certification through courses offered by TWU. Those classes begin in January.

“We have outstanding employees in the district who aspire to be educators,” Dr. Dikes said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for them to achieve that goal.”

The program also will recruit mid-career professionals to become certified teachers through TWU’s master of arts in teaching (MAT) program. TWU’s MAT program prepares individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree for initial teacher certification while they also earn a master’s degree.
Transition to Teaching grant funds will be used to help pay the tuition and fees for participants in the program.

“The purpose of these federal grants is to help find innovative and effective ways to prepare teachers well,” said Dr. April Miller, dean of TWU’s College of Professional Education. “We don’t have just a traditional teaching program anymore. We have different programs for the different types of people who want to become educators. That’s exciting.”

For more information on the Transition to Teaching grant, visit www.ed.gov/programs/transitionteach. For more information on TWU’s MAT program, visit www.twu.edu/mat.


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