THECB Awards College of Public Service Two Grants Totaling $100K for Education Preparation Planning
By Sheryl E. Taylor
For the College of Public Service (CPS), the number of grants awarded in 2022 keeps growing.
Recently, the College received two Educator Preparation Planning Grants funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) for $50,000 each.
The first grant awarded is led by Dr. Jonathan Schwartz, Dean of CPS, who serves as principal investigator on “Houston Region Teacher Pipeline Community of Practice,” a grant to support a Houston Cooperative focused on addressing the teacher pipeline shortage.
“The focus of the ‘Houston Region Teacher Pipeline Community of Practice’ is on strengthening educational justice as we work to have well-prepared teachers in the Houston region,” said Schwartz. “Additionally, this project supports us in Growing as an Anchor Institution (Four Points of Excellence) as we work to provide solutions to improve the Houston educational system.”
The second grant, “Trek to Teacher Certification: Targeted Test Preparation Programming to Improve Certification Rates of Diverse Pre-Service Teachers,” will support teacher certification with principal investigator Dr. Christal Burnett Sánchez, who is Chair of the Department of Urban Education in CPS.
According to Burnett-Sánchez, “This grant will bring together universities, school districts, and non-profits to work together to find solutions to improving education in Houston and solving the current teacher shortage.”
“These important grants address two vital issues in the training of teachers,” emphasized Schwartz. “The grant focused on certification will support our UHD teacher candidates by providing support and preparation. Also, the grant on the community of practice is exciting as it provides an opportunity for universities, districts, and non-profits to work together to improve the training, support, and recruitment of teachers.”
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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.
U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.