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Diversity in Teaching grant

Friday, January 23, 2015

St. Cloud State University and the St. Cloud Area School District earned a $150,000 Bush Foundation Supporting Diversity in Teaching grant to develop a solution for attracting more diverse individuals to the field of education.

The grant is additional funding that will be used by St. Cloud State’s Teacher Preparation Initiative (TPI) in its goal to re-envision teacher education.

TPI is funded by a 2010 Bush Foundation grant. St. Cloud State was one of 14 institutions to receive the 10-year grant.

Through the diversity grant, the high needs teacher education programs will develop a solution to increase diversity of the teacher workforce. It is partnering with the St. Cloud School District to create alternative licensure pathways for teachers of color.

The grant will fund the creation of a paraprofessional residency program where teacher candidates will be hired in the district as paraprofessionals and work while receiving their education from St. Cloud State through online, evening and weekend classes, said Rebecca Krystyniak, TPI director.

The program allows the teacher candidates to earn an income and get on-the-job experience while also helping the school district staff diverse individuals as paraprofessionals and ideally hire them as teachers once they are licensed.

Faculty from St. Cloud State will spend the next year working with representatives and teachers from the school district to design the program. The grant also will fund a retention and recruitment coordinator.

Once the program is developed other districts will have the opportunity to create similar partnerships with St. Cloud State. 

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