Towson University is the first site in Maryland to receive a UTeach grant of over $2 million. This project enables TU to prepare highly qualified teachers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.
Master of Arts Integration
The Presidential Scholar continues to provide assistance to the College of Fine Arts and Communication in the development of its Master of Arts Integration program, which will train educators to infuse arts instruction throughout their curriculum so as to deepen student learning and appreciation for the arts, while also raising student achievement.
All SySTEMs Go
“All SySTEMs Go" is a coordinated, fully integrated, research-based approach to launching every Maryland student on a college and career pathway rich in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and boosting student competitiveness in the 21st century global marketplace. The “All SySTEMs Go” approach pulls together three Towson “firsts” and moves Maryland students through a successful trajectory from elementary school to college and career.
Towson University is offering the first Maryland STEM-certification for elementary school teachers, preparing them to give young students a strong foundation in critical STEM concepts.
Towson has implemented Maryland’s first UTeach model.
Towson, in partnership with the College Board, is training veteran classroom teachers and pre-service teachers to teach Advanced Placement (AP) courses in STEM disciplines, while working with local school systems to identify and directly support promising students in underrepresented populations to be successful in AP courses.
The “All SySTEMs Go” approach creates a multiplier effect: more effective teachers produce highly successful students who are competitive in the global marketplace, or who return to the classroom to train the next generation of successful students.
Signature Forum Series "Preparing for Public Education in the 21st Century: Signature Forums" is an ongoing speaker series that provides opportunities for community and educator stakeholders to access cutting-edge research. The speaker series also offers perspective on key topics presented by national experts like Dr. Ben Carson, Frederick Bealefeld and Daniel Pink.
Administrator Certification Program
A collaboration with Kennedy Krieger Institute has resulted in a sophisticated, interdisciplinary internship opportunity that graduates highly qualified leaders in special education and the neurosciences. These carefully selected fellows are receiving an intensive experience at Kennedy Krieger, which, along with Towson University courses, will result in an ADMIN I certificate.
The Presidential Scholar has funded the initial development of a course to strengthen the skills of teachers so they may effectively teach their students to be successful writers. The course will be offered in Baltimore County schools during the spring of 2014.
Universal Design for Learning
A collaborative project with TU’s Department of Special Education, the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Baltimore County Public Schools will implement Universal Design for Learning in two middle schools. UDL is a set of principles for curriculum development that gives all individuals equal opportunities to learn.
Primary Talent Development Curriculum
TU has applied for a grant to fund a project to pilot and evaluate a primary talent development curriculum in cooperation with MSDE’s Gifted and Talented Program, the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Harford County Public Schools.
Middle School Evaluation
In an effort to prove that teachers trained specifically to teach middle school-aged children are more effective in area middle schools, the Presidential Scholar is funding a graduate assistant to conduct data collection and evaluation activities for TU’s Middle School program.
Digital Instruction and Assessment
The Presidential Scholar is supporting development of software and related materials for a new digital instruction and assessment project. The goal of the project is to prepare all teachers to use more technology in the classroom for instruction as well as assessment, particularly to demonstrate student growth.