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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.Schwartz

“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.Christal Burnett Sanchez

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.”

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 61,000 alumni, and offers 46 bachelor’s degrees, 11 master’s degrees, and 17 fully 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.