College of Education Honored for Grow Your Own Teachers
Over the last school year, the NEIU College of Education (COE) received recognition from two national organizations for its Grow Your Own Teachers program (GYO). The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) presented its 2012 Best Practice Award in Support of Global Diversity to the NEIU COE in February. In the fall, Excelencia in Education named NEIU's Grow Your Own Teachers program among the nation's top programs that increase bachelor's degree completion among Latinos.
Northeastern's Grow Your Own Teachers program partners with the Chicago Public Schools and neighborhood community organizations in some of Chicago's most distressed neighborhoods -- North Lawndale, Chicago Lawn/Gage Park, Uptown, and Logan Square -- to support community members as they work toward a bachelor's degree and teaching certification. The program is supported by a state-funded grant, which provides scholarships, transportation stipends, childcare and textbooks for these students, who commit to returning to their neighborhoods to teach.
"NEIU's Grow Your Own Teachers program has developed into a source of talented teachers who are not only dynamic pedagogues but also change agents who intimately understand the neighborhoods in which they live and teach," said Maureen Gillette, dean, College of Education. "Their personal experiences and commitment to their communities strengthen their ability to relate to students, parents, local school council members and others in a way we have never seen before. GYO provides the opportunity for NEIU faculty and our GYO community-based partners to exchange expertise on the campus and in the community in ways that improve teacher preparation and the communities we serve."
The AACTE, which is among the nation's largest and oldest organizations dedicated to quality professional development of teachers and school leaders, recognized NEIU's College of Education with its 2012 Best Practice Award in Support of Global Diversity. This honor was given to the NEIU COE for its clear commitment to equity and diversity demonstrated through curricula, clinical placements, direct community involvement and reflective evaluation?all demonstrated through the Grow Your Own Teachers program.
Excelencia in Education, a Washington, D.C.,-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate Latino success in higher education through support and engagement of college leaders and policymakers, named NEIU's Grow Your Own Teachers program among the nation's top programs that increase bachelor's degree completion among Latinos.
Excelencia in Education has specifically recognized the Grow Your Own Teachers programs in Logan Square, with partner Logan Square Neighborhood Association, and in Chicago Lawn/Gage Park, with the Southwest Organizing Project. These two programs were honored at the sixth annual Celebration de Excelencia event in Washington, D.C., in late September. Additionally, a description of the NEIU's Grow Your Own Teachers program was included in the 2011 edition of What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education: Examples of Excelencia Compendium, which will be distributed to more than 16,000 constituents including educational organizations and policy leaders.