(Aug. 25, 2014) -- As K-12 students head back to school around the city, chances are good they will be taught by a UTSA alum. The UTSA College of Education and Human Development offers the leading teacher training program in San Antonio. It sends out 500-600 teachers into classrooms every year.
According to the Texas Education Agency, teacher candidates who graduate from UTSA have the highest retention rate after their first five years of employment in public schools compared to those who graduate from other higher education institutions.
"We prepare a significant number of educators," said Betty Merchant, dean of the College of Education and Human Development. "Their commitment to their community is unparalleled. To work with people who have that level of commitment is a privilege."
As a top-tier institution, UTSA focuses its efforts on research, including specializing in a variety of areas in human and social development. In recent years, the UTSA College of Education and Human Development has expanded its footprint within the community. It created the UTSA TEAM Center, which provides low cost services to families with children who are autistic.
La Plaza de Lectura (the Reading Place), located at the Downtown Campus, provides tutoring in reading and mathematics for local families. The college's kinesiology, health and nutrition programs equip educators with additional skills with respect to the critical role of nutrition and exercise in providing optimal learning conditions for children.
"We are increasing our focus on working with teachers in the first five years of their career through initiatives such as those provided by the Academy for Teaching Excellence," Merchant said. "We're really seriously trying to follow through with our teachers when they leave. The superintendents, the teachers, have a lot to say and have provided advice on subjects like teacher preparation and educational psychology."
Learn more about UTSA teacher training programs at the UTSA College of Education and Human Development website.
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA faculty and staff to "Tacos With Taylor." Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President at any one of these casual meet and greets.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
Celebrate 40 years of BestFest, an annual event hosted by Roadrunner Productions as a part of UTSA Homecoming festivities. The event will feature a carnival, food and drink booths, a golf cart parade, firework and live music from Anthem.
Brackenridge Lot 1, Main Campus
Celebrate homecoming as the Roadrunners take on Rice. Come early for the Spirit Walk, tailgating, games, music and food. Stick around for a halftime show with SOSA and the crowning of Mr. and Ms. UTSA.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St., Downtown San Antonio
The Leadership Storytelling Homecoming Brunch brings together UTSA alumni and students to share a delicious meal as well as a roundtable conversation about how experiences in college carry us forward on unique leadership journeys.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization. The conference fee is $45 and includes breakfast, lunch & parking. Free for students and non-academic government employees. Register here: https://www.regonline.com/UTSAdataconference2017.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
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