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College of Public Service Grants Spring Roundup


By Sheryl E. Taylor

It’s only March and the College of Public Service (CPS) announces more funding for student success.

  • The Texas Education Agency (TEA) awarded $50,000 grant to review the program that leverages triangulation of data sources (interviews, programming observations, data sets, artifacts, etc.) to reflect on the quality of UHD’s teacher preparation as well as to provide improvement strategies and performance management of its program. “This grant will enable UHD to continue to develop its own agency to improve the effectiveness of our graduates and the impact they have on PK-12 students,” noted Schwartz. “As we come to the transformation part of our U.S. PREP Grant, this will assist us in continual improvement of our program.”College of Public Service
  • Congratulations to Dr. Tonya Jeffery, Assistant Professor of Urban Education, and colleagues Dr. Lizette Burks, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership; Dr. Susan Albrecht, Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education; and Dr. Lisa Morano, Professor of Biology and Microbiology and Director of the Center for Urban Agriculture & Sustainability for their $68,749 Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Co-Op grant. The Let’s Go Outside!—Urban Explorers Girls STEM Academy will provide authentic environmental science educational experiences for 100 middle-school girls from the Greater Houston area. The grant will also fund a week-long summer Environmental Science Institute that will provide professional development training for in-service and pre-service teachers selected to participate in the program.
  • The William Stamps Farish Fund awarded a one-year grant of $45,000 to develop support services to successfully help pre-service teachers, enrolled in the College’s Department of Urban Education, complete Texas teacher certification exams. 

    More specifically, the project “Preparing Qualified Teachers for Students’ Success in the Houston Area Schools” will assist in addressing lower teacher certification rates. The strategy will include boot camps to provide supplementary instructional materials and diagnostic tests to determine baseline test scores for teacher candidates. According to the College’s proposal to the Farish Fund, there is a critical need to increase the number of fully certified teachers: “In Houston, this need is acutely felt. A recent report noted that within the Houston community, the number of fully certified teachers fell by roughly 20% from 2010 to 2019.” Urban Education faculty members Dr. Yu-Han Hung, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Ashwini Tiwari, Associate Professor, are the leads on this grant.
About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students, boasts more than 64,000 alumni, and offers 46 bachelor’s degrees, 11 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences & Technology. For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution, and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.