(Nov. 14, 2011) -- The Academy for Teacher Excellence (ATE) in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development was awarded $4.2 million to be distributed over the next five years. The grant from the U.S. Department of Education will be used to increase the number of culturally and linguistically diverse students who want to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at schools with diverse student populations, specifically Latinos and low-income students. The new grant brings ATE's total funding to more than $17 million since it was founded in 2003.
"In order to strengthen the trajectory of Latino and other minority students in the STEM fields, it is important to have well-prepared, culturally efficacious teachers who can engage students using transformative pedagogies," said Belinda Bustos Flores, UTSA professor of interdisciplinary learning and teaching and the study's principal investigator.
The Developing Hispanic Institutions Program Title V grant will strengthen the collaboration between UTSA and Hispanic-serving community colleges. Notably, it will help the community colleges improve their STEM instruction. It also will help community colleges align their STEM courses with UTSA's STEM curriculum to promote a smooth transition for STEM majors transferring from the two-year colleges to UTSA. The university also will use the grant to expand Latino student outreach, retention and graduation rates -- initiatives that will include ongoing face-to-face and online peer mentoring and coaching.
The ATE was established as a hub for school districts, community colleges and UTSA to collaboratively research, design, implement and evaluate educational programs that address emerging, local and statewide educational issues associated with a growing diverse student population. The Academy is a critical element of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development's teacher education programs and has helped UTSA achieve national recognition as a leader in preparing teachers to teach in culturally diverse settings.
"Over the past eight years, the Academy for Teacher Excellence has made an impact in our community by providing more than 2,000 UTSA teacher candidates and local teachers with the training they need to work with diverse student populations and promote a college-going culture," said Lorena Claeys, ATE executive director. "We are thrilled that the Department of Education has recognized our success and has awarded us a third grant from the Office of Postsecondary Education to continue our mission."
The UTSA research team includes principal and co-principal investigators Flores; Claeys; Mathematics professor Betty Travis in the UTSA College of Sciences; Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching professors Maria Arreguin-Anderson, Emily Bonner, Maria Kaylor and Timothy Yuen; Bicultural-Bilingual Studies professor Lucila Ek; and Educational Psychology Professor and Department Chair Norma Guerra.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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