School of Education Leads National Reforms

The University of San Francisco’s School of Education is at the forefront of President Barack Obama’s higher education reform initiative to better prepare, recruit, and retrain teachers.

School of Education Leads National Reforms

The initiative is aimed at urban schools where close to 50 percent of new teachers leave the profession after three years.

Under a three-year $1.4 million AmeriCorps grant initiative, USF, the San Francisco Education Fund, Stanford University, the San Francisco Unified School District, and the United Educators of San Francisco, have created three teacher academies in “hard to staff” SFUSD schools.

“Research indicates that more experienced teachers and more prepared teachers are more effective in terms of pupil achievement, and research also indicates that urban youth are the most likely to be taught by inexperienced and under-prepared teachers,” said Peter Williamson, USF assistant professor of teacher education, who is leading the USF effort. “This program aims to solve this problem by providing people who are committed to teaching in these schools with the best preparation to be successful.”

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