College of Education and Human Services earns AmeriCorps Grant

Johnakeshia Thompson

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AmeriCorps is preparing students who are studying to become a teacher for urban classroom settings. The College of Education and Human Services at UNF has been awarded $283,708 for their Jacksonville Teacher Residency program.

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According to the press release, federal funding will support 29 graduate and undergraduate teacher candidates who will complete a service-learning residency in Duval county’s high-need schools. The program grant will also reward $112,000 college scholarships to everyone that successfully complete one year of service.

“The JTR program is a unique collaboration of COEHS partners and resources that provides the community with a group of highly sought-after and skilled educators specialized to teach in STEM areas,” said Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey, the COEHS dean. “We are preparing these future teachers with the background and experience needed to serve students who are most in need.”

This program is a partnership with UNF and Duval County Public Schools which is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. Candidates will have to complete a full-year classroom apprenticeship with master’s level coursework in education.

Residents will serve in the classroom and commit to learning projects each year. Some of the service learning projects are Expanding Your Horizons STEM Conference for Girls, American Red Cross fire prevention campaign and STEM workshops.

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