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TWU receives Texas Higher Education Star Award
TWU’s Partnering for Teachers program
with the Dallas Independent School District received a 2009
Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Shown accepting the award are, from left: Andrae Rhyne, manager
of Project LIFT (Literary Instruction for Texas) for DISD;
TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart; Dr. Nell Ingram, director of educator
and leadership training for the Dallas Alternative Certification
Program (DACP); Dr. Barbara Lerner, director of academic outreach
for TWU; Dr. Claudia Rodriguez, executive director of human
resources for DISD; Dr. Sandra Adams, coordinator of the DACP;
and Toyce Fanniel, manager of educator and leadership training
for the DACP.
December 8, 2009 - DENTON — Texas Woman’s University’s
Partnering for Teachers program with the Dallas Independent
School District has received a prestigious 2009 Texas Higher
Education Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating
was one of six in the state to receive a Star Award, which
recognizes contributions toward achieving the goals of the
THECB’s Closing the Gaps program.
recognition highlights the value of collaboration in helping
the state meet its education goals,” said Dr. Barbara
Lerner, director of academic outreach at TWU.
long-standing partnership with DISD is working to “close
the gap” in student success by increasing the number
of certified math, science and bilingual teachers in Texas.
Since 1986 TWU and DISD have trained more than 6,000 new teachers
through the Dallas Alternative Certification Program. TWU
provides curriculum support, course development and evaluation,
graduate course supervision and scholarships to students participating
in the Dallas Alternative Certification Program. The program
was expanded to include an alternative certification program
for school librarians, and currently includes a collaborative
program between TWU and DISD to train future school principals.
in 2001, the Star Awards recognize institutions of higher
education, public and private schools, school districts, organizations,
groups and individuals for exceptional contributions toward
one or more of the goals outlined in the Texas higher education
plan “Closing the Gaps by 2015.” Adopted by the
THECB in 2000, the plan established four goals – to
close the gaps in student participation, student success,
academic excellence and research. For more information, visit
G-Force student mentorship program also was a finalist for
a 2009 STAR award.
2009 Star Award recipients are: Amarillo College, South Texas
College and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District,
Texas A&M University-Commerce and Mesquite Independent
School District, the University of Texas at San Antonio and
the University of North Texas.
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