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From left are Encarnacion Garza (coordinator of USLC) and Cynthia Garcia (USLC graduate, cohort 5)

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(Nov. 14, 2013) -- The UTSA Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) Urban School Leaders Collaborative (USLC) was selected by the University Council for Educational Administration to receive its inaugural Exemplary Educational Leadership Preparation Program Award. UTSA was identified as one of two academic institutions that received the inaugural award.

The UTSA outreach program prepares educators to become transformational leaders committed to social justice advocacy who can work effectively in diverse, ambiguous and challenging contexts.

The USLC is a partnership between UTSA and the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD). The leadership program prepares educators to practice in schools where the student population is predominantly Latino. The program's curriculum engages leaders in continuous self-inquiry and self-discovery. Assignments include reflection, where leaders delve into their own lived experiences; a community project that contains a micro-ethnography and a video documentary; and an autoethnography, in which leaders recall their lives and their educational journeys.

Associate Professor Encarnacion Garza is the coordinator of the USLC program.

"The Urban School Leaders Collaborative incorporates equity, excellence, social justice, democracy, risk-taking and responsiveness to community needs," said Garza. "Such strong commitment is essential in the development of collaborative and responsive relationships with area schools and communities."

"SAISD is proud to partner with the UTSA Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in what has proven to be a unique and exemplary model for preparing the next generation of school leaders," said Toni Thompson, SAISD associate superintendent for human resources. "The Urban School Leaders Collaborative maintains a sharp focus on the necessary qualities and skills needed by future campus leaders to ensure equitable educational opportunities are provided for our most treasured resources -- our students."

The UCEA is a consortium of higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children. Its inaugural Exemplary Educational Leadership Preparation Program Award was established to celebrate exemplary programs and encourage their development.

The UCEA Executive Committee and UCEA Consortium considered factors such as high functioning and actively engaged district partnerships; rigorous recruitment and selection; strong coherence among program mission and other components of program design; effective support structures; faculty capacity; authentic and intense immersion in field operations; and strong outcome evidence of program effectiveness.

Garza, Betty Merchant (dean of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development) and Bruce Barnett (ELPS professor and chair) traveled to Indianapolis, Ind., on Nov. 7 to receive the award at the annual UCEA awards luncheon. They also received a cash prize of $7,000 for the ULSC.

Learn more about the UTSA Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

To learn more about the Urban School Leaders Collaborative, contact UTSA Professor Encarnacion Garza at 210-458-5421.

 

 

 

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Feb. 5, 6:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory

Feb. 6, All Day

10th annual San Antonio Writing Project Teachers' Conference

This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus

Feb. 9, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 6 - 9 p.m.

Rowdy Gras 2016

The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning 2015-16 Speaker Series

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus

Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

29th annual Asian Festival - Year of the Monkey

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Feb. 13, 1 p.m.

2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium

Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016  Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium.  The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.

African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs

The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

Presentation and Book Signing with Luis Carlos Montalvan

Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

12th Annual Black Heritage Gala

The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Feb. 27, 9 a.m.

Cultural Contrasts in Latin America

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
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