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University of Memphis Enters into Partnership with ASD Schools

For release: August 13, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901-678-2843

The University of Memphis has signed a partnership agreement with the Achievement School District (ASD) to develop plans for placing Ready2Teach teacher candidates from its College of Education, Health and Human Sciences in select ASD schools. The memorandum of understanding outlines how the U of M and the ASD will develop roles and responsibilities for the Ready2Teach program’s yearlong residency to be completed in ASD schools.  

The ASD was created to raise the bottom 5 percent of schools in Tennessee to the top 25 percent within five years.

“We are pleased to begin a partnership with the Achievement School District,” said Dr. Donald Wagner, dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. “Our teacher preparation students will have an opportunity to complete their teaching residency in an innovative setting that will further their career preparation. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the ASD.”

“Building upon its heritage, the College intends to be the premier provider of innovative, great teachers in Memphis and Shelby County and beyond,” said Interim President Brad Martin. “This partnership with ASD is one illustration of the University’s commitment to support the extraordinary efforts underway in our community to provide great schools for all of our children.”

The Ready2Teach initiative is a four-year, clinically rich undergraduate teacher preparation program. The curriculum focuses on common core standards, formative assessment, differentiated instruction/assessment, integration of technology and reality-based problem solving. The program is practitioner-focused and reflects the real world of teaching.

According to the agreement, the ASD residency experience will “equip teacher education graduates to succeed in challenging urban and rural schools.”

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