UHD Hosts Harris County Department of Education
College of Public Service Supports Professional Development
By Sheryl E. Taylor
UHD’s College of Public Service (CPS) is hosting the Harris County Department of Education (HDCE) on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 13 and 14 to support teacher and staff professional development workshops.
This opportunity for the College is also an effort to support teacher education and social justice advocacy within the community. These HDCE employees will be facilitated by community partners and CPS faculty to provide the necessary development for teachers and staff members to effectively support students and adult learners who may face a variety of social, emotional, academic and behavioral challenges.
Members from UHD’s Urban Education faculty who will be participating include: Dr. Matt Fugate, Dr. Ash Tiwari, Dr. Bernado Pohl, Dr. Laura Mitchell as well as Steven Villano, director of UHD’s Center for Public Service & Community Research.
In addition, this collaboration supports recruitment and increased enrollment at UHD by providing paraprofessionals exposure to the University as well as the opportunity to learn more about CPS degree programs as they seek to further their education. CPS has already placed social work and criminal justice students within HCDE to complete field study hours as they earn their degree. HCDE supports more than 160,000 students and 47, 000 educators in 25 districts around Harris County.
“This collaboration with HCDE is essential for our communities. Their mission is our mission in the College as we work together to change lives long term,” said Dr. Jerry Wallace, assistant dean, College of Public Service and director of advising, recruitment and retention.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second-largest university in Houston—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 60,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).
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 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.