UNC School of Education, Durham Public Schools team wins grant
The UNC School of Education will work with Durham Public Schools over the next five years to recruit and train teachers from underrepresented groups to work in high-needs schools under a new $4.8 million grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The five-year teacher residency project — called “Diverse and Resilient Educators Advised through Mentorship,” or UNC DREAM — seeks to recruit, educate and place 40 diverse teachers into high-needs schools in Durham and provide them with a unique set of mentoring and other supports to help them thrive during their first years and then persist in the profession.
The project will recruit pre-service teachers, then support them through a revised Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum, followed by a unique combination of mentoring and peer supports that are designed to help the new teachers successfully transition into their first years of teaching. The mentoring supports are built from a joint UNC-Durham Public Schools program designed to help new teachers achieve success in their first years of teaching.
The project is led by principal investigator Kristin Papoi, program director of UNC MAT, and collaborators include School faculty members Dorothy Espelage, Jocelyn Glazier, Diana Lys, and Esther Ohito; the UNC College of Arts & Sciences; the UNC Institute for the Study of the Americas; the NC Department of Public Instruction’s Integrated Academic and Behavior Systems Division; and LatinxEd.
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