The University of Northern Colorado was one of six state institutions to receive a grant from the Colorado Department of Higher Education for recruiting college and high school students into teaching.
The $100,000 grant, awarded to Carolyn Edwards, assistant dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, will provide scholarships to 30 candidates in the high-need teaching of areas of science, math, special education and language acquisition.
Many of the recipients are in the English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education Cumbres program. The scholarships will assist them in completing their student teaching in districts that serve student populations with high numbers of English-language learners, including Greeley-Evans 6, Adams 50, Fort Lupton RE-8, Weld RE-1, Poudre and Denver Public Schools. UNC will also claim this award as matching funds in its federal Teacher Quality Partnership grant application, potentially bringing in an additional $384,000 in federal funds to be used in Colorado schools.
The DHE grants were made from the 2009-2010 allotment of funds under the Teach Colorado Grant Initiative. The six recipients were selected by a peer review panel of DHE staff and an external reviewer. All six grantees will use the funds to provide scholarships to qualified individuals to recruit and retain them into teacher preparation programs in high-needs content areas, such as math, science, special education and English language acquisition. DHE staff will provide oversight to ensure grant funds are used in accordance with state regulations.