(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.
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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