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Special Education major Josette Casterlow '11 works with Jamal, a student at Wiley Middle School in Winston-Salem, NC. Conceived for the purpose of simultaneous improvement of teacher education and PK-12 education, Project ENRICH (Educational Network for Renewal, Innovation, Collaboration and Help) places student teachers like Casterlow in local public schools to gain experience and help improve the learning experience.
School of Education receives multi-million dollar grants to recruit and train teachers and principals
Both the federal and state governments gave significant nods to UNCG's School of Education when they awarded the university more than $12 million in grants for two programs that recruit and train teachers and principals and strengthen and expand partnerships with local school systems.
Project ENRICH received a five-year, $6.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The project is a partnership between UNCG and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, a district that meets the federal definition of high-need. In addition to recruiting and training about 375 undergraduates who will become teachers in a variety of fields (elementary, middle and secondary teachers in math, science, English, social studies, foreign languages, music, art, physical education and literacy), UNCG will prepare approximately 20 resident teachers per year. The residents will earn master's degrees and get hands-on training while working with experienced teachers in math, science, special education and English for Speakers of Other Languages.
UNCG is also helping design and deliver the Piedmont Triad Leadership Academy (PTLA), which received funding from the North Carolina State Board of Education for $6.17 million of federal Race to the Top monies over three years. PTLA provides outstanding school principal preparation to future leaders of high-need schools. The program includes rigorous summer coursework followed by a full-year, school-based leadership internship. In addition to UNCG, partners in the PTLA include Alamance Burlington School System, Asheboro City Schools, Guilford County Schools, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and the Piedmont Triad Education Consortium.