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Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching Receives $500K in Grants to Support Urban Teaching

The Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching, a component of the university’s School of Education, has been awarded $400,000 from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan to promote educational success and racial equity in school districts for vulnerable youth by increasing the number and retention of teachers of color and increasing the skill level of teacher that work with diverse students. In addition, it has been awarded two smaller grants from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, totaling an additional $102,000 for similar purposes.

The Kellogg, Earth Science Systems for Teachers, and Gearing Up for Algebra 1 grants will be used over 2008-2010 school years to promote teacher effectiveness by training a new cadre of teachers that can address racial disparities in achievement within their classrooms. In addition, these grants will also increase the knowledge base of teachers in the concepts of Earth Science Systems within a cultural context for diverse learners. The final grant will help teachers in high-need school districts make the transition to new state laws requiring Algebra 1 for eight graders, beginning in the 2010-2011 school year.

These grants will provide hands-on professional development training and related course work for 150 teachers free of charge. Materials, training, and the completion of the certificate in urban teaching will be paid from the awarded grants.

“Our Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching has made great strides in supporting teachers of color and helping urban schools to retain strong, experienced faculty,” said Hamline University President Linda. N. Hanson. “This is a wonderful validation of the center’s work and will allow the staff to increase and expand its efforts to provide more training and support for teachers in urban areas.”

“The Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching continues to be Minnesota’s pioneering organization for training and supporting teachers in applying proven culturally relevant pedagogical practices in diverse classrooms to promote increased educational success for all youth in Minnesota”, said Frank Hernandez, director of the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching. “These grants allow us to meet the needs of more teachers who, in turn, will have the skills and strategies to manage their diverse classrooms.”

Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching Awarded $50K Grant

Hamline University is pleased to announce that its Graduate School of Education's Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching has been awarded $50,000 by the Otto Bremer Foundation. This general operating grant will be used to strengthen the center's core programs and organizational effectiveness, to increase outreach to metro area schools, to increase enrollment in the Center's graduate-level Urban Teaching Certificate program, and to support the development of a three-year plan of operations.

This is the third grant the Otto Bremer Foundation has awarded the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching. Past funds have been spent to train more than 1,600 teachers and administrators on the issues of urban education, broaden the community's access to understanding urban teaching strategies, and create hands-on teaching opportunities for teachers of color in training.