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Announcing partnership to provide 200+ teachers with master's degrees

Release: Oct. 10, 2016 

Media Advisory

What:         Announcing an innovative partnership offering 200 SAISD teachers an opportunity to earn master’s degrees, leading to more rigorous instruction for their students 

Who:          Martin Winchester, the Texas Education Agency’s deputy commissioner of educator support, SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez, education partner who will be announced, additional special guests   

When:        Oct. 11 - (Tues) at 1:30 p.m.  

Where:       Jefferson High School, 723 Donaldson Ave. 
Media may park off of Donaldson and enter via the big wooden doors of the school’s main entrance.

SAISD’s efforts in attracting, retaining and developing the country’s most talented educators as part of its goal to become a national model urban school district has garnered the attention of a nonprofit institution of higher education that offers innovative teacher development programs. The partnership will, over the next five years, provide at least 200 of the District’s educators an opportunity to earn master’s degrees through two new teacher programs.

The opportunity will start in spring 2017 with experienced SAISD middle and high school English language arts, math and science teachers, whose studies will provide them the in-depth subject-matter knowledge needed to teach dual-credit courses at high schools or to introduce a greater level of rigor in middle school courses.

Additionally, as part of the partnership, an SAISD elementary school will become a laboratory school starting in 2017-18 under the Pathway to Teacher program. This will allow teacher residents to learn and practice proven techniques, apprentice with a mentor teacher to gain their certification in the first year, and then earn a master’s degree in the second year in preparation of long-term careers in education.

Details to be announced.