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Urban Teacher Academy Project: Growing Our Own Teachers


by Robert D. Parks — May 16, 2005

The Urban Teacher Academy Program (UTAP) prepares high school students for careers in urban education. This "grow your own" model provides successful program graduates with a tuition paid scholarship at one of the School Board’s higher education partners, including: Broward Community College, Florida Atlantic University, Barry University, or Nova Southeastern University. While in college, 13 Urban Academies schools provide these Education majors with authentic environments for college-level field experiences, creating role models for Urban Academy students and helping to complete the recruitment cycle in Education. The Urban Academies model works because it relies on locally trained teachers who want to teach and reach students in our community’s urban schools. The model is also effective in retaining teachers because of the continuing support provided to teachers at the prospect, novice and veteran stages of their career. A key component in the UTAP process is the Broward Teacher Fellowship (BTF). The BTF Scholarship fund was established in 2002. Scholarships are awarded based on the available income of the fund. Each student that receives a BTF scholarship agrees to come back and work in an Urban Academies school when they have completed their college program.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 16, 2005
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11875, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 6:35:11 PM

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  • Robert Parks
    Florida Atlantic University
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    ROBERT D. PARKS is the Director of the Teaching and Leadership Center at Florida Atlantic University.
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