(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.
UTSA open up the 2016 football season under new coach Frank Wilson at home. The Roadrunners host the Alabama State Hornets. Kick off is set for 6 p.m.
District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg and State Sen. José Menéndez host a Cultural Conversations event at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures to talk about issues of intolerance and ways to unify the community.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
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Main Building Auditorium, MB 0.104, Main Campus
The UTSA International Conference on Aging inthe Americas seeks to address the important context in understanding how characteristics of physical, social and economic environments give rise to disparities in Latino health in older adults.
UTSA Downtown Campus, Durango Bldg. Southwest Room (DB 1.124)
UTSA Mexico Center director Dr. Harriett Romo and program coordinator Olivia Mogollon, along with U.S. and Mexican scholars discuss migration between Mexico and the U.S. during this panel presentation.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
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