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"UMBC believes strongly in partnering with the schools and in connecting more of our best teachers with students in high-need schools. By focusing on the needs of these schoolchildren--some of whom we hope will be UMBC students someday--we are investing in the future."

--President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

UMBC Helps Combat Urban Teacher Shortage

In an effort to address the chronic shortage of teachers in urban areas, UMBC is partnering with the Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, and the Baltimore City Public Schools to help recruit, train, and retain qualified teachers.

The collaboration, which is being funded by a five-year, $12.6-million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, will ultimately place 1,100 teachers in Baltimore City and nearly 350 teachers in increasingly urban areas of Prince George's, Montgomery, Anne Arundel, and Baltimore Counties.

UMBC was selected to participate in this partnership because of its Project SUPPORT (School-University Partnership to Prepare Outstanding Responsive Teachers), a program that works to strengthen the skills of teachers working with low-income and other disadvantaged children.

Project SUPPORT is led by Dr. John Y. Lee, professor of education and director of UMBC's urban teacher-education track. The program provides veteran teachers with professional support, prepares teacher-candidates for the rigorous challenges of classroom instruction, and offers academic services to struggling students.

"For too long students in high-need schools have been neglected,"says Lee. "Our school- university partnerships will break that tradition of neglect by recruiting, preparing, mentoring, and retaining the high-quality teachers necessary to improve student learning and achievement so that the needs of all students, especially those in high-need schools, will be met."

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