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UTSA alums fill the classrooms as San Antonio goes back to school

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UTSA teachers-in-training in the sciences in the GE2MS Teaching Program

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(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."

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UTSA makes the grade with a strong core curriculum

UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.

For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.

Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.

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Aug. 27, 6 - 8 p.m.

25Veinticinco exhibit opening reception

This exhibit includes prints by 25 Latino and Latina artists who worked in collaboration with a master printer in the print studio at the UTSA Department of Art and Art History. It runs through Oct. 12.
Downtown Campus Art Gallery, Durango Building Room 1.122, Downtown Campus

Aug. 28, 12 p.m.

Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Advancing Research and Transformative Practice

This book talk will feature a presentation by the book’s co-editors Anne-Marie Núñez, ELPS associate professor, Sylvia Hurtado, professor at the University of California Los Angeles, and Emily Calderón Galdeano, director of research for Excelencia in Education.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Sept. 15, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Changing the Conversation: Recovery Works!

As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus


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