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Monday, February 20, 2017
Representatives from The University of Texas at Arlington, including the College of Education, joined educators, students and administrators from the Grand Prairie Independent School District to officially unveil the Education and Leadership Preparatory Academy. The ceremony took place on February 17, 2017 at the Young Women's Leadership Academy in Grand Prairie.
UTA President Vistasp Karbhari, College of Education Dean Teresa Doughty and Associate Provost for K-16 Initiatives Jeanne Gerlach were joined by Grand Prairie Superintendent Susan Hull in signing the Memorandum of Understanding establishing the partnership between the two educational entities. The goal is to produce more teachers, particularly ones with bilingual training, who will eventually return to Grand Prairie to begin their careers.
Students from a number of Grand Prairie high schools who qualify for the program will take dual-credit courses at their home campuses. Upon graduation, they will continue their studies at UTA, earning their degrees and teaching certifications. Students would eventually become full-time teachers in Grand Priarie. GPISD will cover the costs for students enrolled in the dual-credit phase of the Academy. When they attend UTA, they will become elligible for grants awarded to students who pledge to teach in specific, high-need fields. A similar collaboration is already in place between UTA and the Arlington ISD.
The Education and Leadership Preparatory Academy will begin its program this fall.
Dr. Jeanne Gerlach, Associate Provost for K-16 Initiatives at UTA, and Dr. Teresa Doughty, Dean of UTA's College of Education
Dr. Susan Hull, GPISD Superintendent, and Dr. Vistasp Karbhari, UTA President, sign the Memorandum of Understanding, along with fellow signatories Dr. Doughty and Dr. Gerlach.
Dr. Vistasp Karbhari, President of The University of Texas at Arlington