Urban Teacher Center Receives Funding to Prepare High-Quality Teacher Workforce
Baltimore, MD -- The Urban Teacher Center (UTC) has announced it was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to further advance the organization’s efforts to provide urban school districts with a pipeline of highly qualified, effective teachers. The grant comes on the heels of the foundation’s news that it will direct its support to advance high-quality teacher preparation programs nationwide.
The UTC model identifies talented, resilient individuals who want to become career teachers in urban schools. It provides clinically-based teacher training via a 13-month residency in K-12 urban classrooms, paired with a Master’s degree in a content area and special education. Three years of one-on-one coaching also ensures every UTC graduate is equipped to successfully teach students in high-need schools.
As a program that understands the importance of teacher performance, accountability, in-classroom training and mentorship, UTC is currently supporting over 300 teachers and residents, reaching more than 13,000 students across Baltimore and Washington, DC. •