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Bush Foundation commits $4.5 million to University of Minnesota for teacher education

Contacts: Diane Cormany, College of Education and Human Development, (612) 625-5650, dcormany@umn.edu
Ryan Maus, University News Service, (612) 624-1690, maus@umn.edu

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (12/03/2009) —The Bush Foundation has committed up to $4.5 million to support the University of Minnesota as it restructures teacher preparation programs in the College of Education and Human Development.

Through ongoing collaboration with K-12 schools, the university’s Teacher Education Redesign Initiative (TERI) will have a long-lasting, positive impact on the children of Minnesota, new teachers and programs within the college. Improved partnerships with K-12 districts are designed to benefit the university, district and prospective teachers.

Teachers prepared through TERI will strongly focus on student learning and have the ability to adapt to the needs of all learners. The university will diversify its teaching candidate pool and provide pathways into its teacher preparation programs for both exceptionally qualified undergraduate students and for career changers.

The first group of prospective teachers will enter the redesigned program during summer 2011.

The University of Minnesota is one of seven higher education partners allying with the Bush Foundation to transform teacher-preparation programs in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. The Bush Foundation plans to invest more than $40 million over the next decade in the partnership, intended to improve high school graduation rates and reduce disparities in student achievement across the region.

“Ensuring that our schools have the best teachers in the country is critical to meeting the region's employment needs going forward,” said University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks. “In order to be competitive in the global economy, all students need to graduate from high school prepared for some form of post-secondary education. I am very excited that the University of Minnesota will play a strong role in revamping the teacher education curriculum to improve teaching and learning -- for all students -- throughout the state and region.”

Susan Heegaard, vice president and educational achievement team leader for the Bush Foundation, commented, “As part of their agreement with the Bush Foundation, each of the schools has agreed to guarantee that its program will produce effective teachers. The key to the guarantee is that they each will partner with the K-12 schools where their graduates will teach, and the university will provide continued support to the teachers for several years after graduation. This type of guarantee has never been offered before that we know of.”

A fact sheet about TERI, as well as the Bush proposal, are available online at http://www.cehd.umn.edu/teri.

Founded in 1905, the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development comprises eight departments and 184 tenured and tenure-track faculty. U.S. News & World Report ranked the college No. 21 among all professional schools of education and No. 14 among all public professional schools. Each year the college educates more than 5,300 full-year equivalent students; about 375 students complete teacher preparation annually.

The Bush Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife Edyth. The Foundation strives to be a catalyst to shape vibrant communities in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the states’ geography by investing in courageous and effective leadership that significantly strengthens and improves the well being of people in these areas.

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