News from the College of Education & Human Development

CEHD Receives $1 Million Gift

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) is excited to announce that the Mary K. Oxley Foundation has pledged $1 million to further support the College’s work with the Signature Partnership Initiative (SPI).

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The CEHD is directly involved in the program through its support of the five SPI schools. The CEHD’s most active partnerships are with the J. B. Atkinson Elementary Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and The Academy at Shawnee (formerly Shawnee High School). The partnership has resulted in student teacher placements at the schools and a pilot cohort of teachers who will pursue National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification.

The gift will support this pilot program and will also assist it in becoming a sustainable model for teacher training and comprehensive professional development. In addition, the funding will help recruit and retain more high potential teachers and provide them with resources to pursue NBPTS certification.

“We are very excited about the possibilities the Oxley gift has created for the future of teaching and learning at the SPI schools. Working with the students and teachers at Atkinson has been very inspiring for all of us at the College,” stated Dr. Blake Haselton, Interim Dean for the College of Education and Human Development.

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