UofM and Shelby County Schools Form New Partnership

I am pleased to announce the newest partnership between University of Memphis and our local school district, Shelby County Schools, that is focused on recruiting and retaining teaching candidates from the Mid-South.

The River City Partnership will address the district's challenges of providing highly skilled educators. Our goal is to work together to strengthen the pipeline of skilled new teachers who are culturally aware of the needs of urban students.

"We want to increase the number of students who graduate from area high schools, attend the UofM and then return to Shelby County Schools to put their training to work in the classroom," said Dr. Kandi Hill-Clarke, dean of the College of Education.
This initiative, set to launch in fall 2019, will provide teacher candidates with classroom experience and allow them to mentor in some of the district's highest-needs schools.

By collaborating, we can focus on building stronger, healthier relationships and filling the need for more teachers in Memphis. We aim to graduate more teachers who are culturally competent and eager to invest in the future of so many deserving students.
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M. David Rudd
The University of Memphis