Curricular, Outreach, and Partnership Initiatives for Educator Preparation


Curricular Initiatives

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Overseas Student Teaching

As a new member in the Collaboration for Overseas Student Teaching (COST), a collaborative of 15 U.S. universities and colleges that sends teacher education students to teach in 16 countries, the College sent abroad its inaugural group of four students in Spring 2017. The five-to-16 week experience allows students to gain global perspectives and deepen their self-efficacy and open-mindedness as educators through immersion in and exposure to a culture different from their own.

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The Northern Nevada English Learning Initiative

The Northern Nevada English Learning Initiative (NNELI) provides specific training for undergraduates to obtain English language acquisition and development (ELAD) endorsement as part of their teacher licensure program, as well as courses in ESL and STEM. The cutting-edge, inquiry-based courses give NNELI completers specialized knowledge that prepares them for helping English learners succeed in various content areas, especially in STEM.

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Nevada’s Collaborative Investment in Teaching Excellence (N-CITE) addresses the national shortage of leaders in special education teacher education at the doctoral level in higher education. It will graduate scholars who possess leadership competencies for conducting research, preparing highly effective higher ed teachers and leaders, and participating in interdisciplinary systems change and service.

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Fast Track to ECE Licensure

In the fall of 2017, the College plans to offer a fast track to early childhood education (ECE) licensure program to graduates with bachelor’s degrees in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS). This one-year post-baccalaureate program aims to increase the number of highly-qualified teachers with expertise in the birth to second grade licensure area.

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NevadaTeach is aimed at increasing the number of quality secondary STEM teachers and is UNR’s implementation of the national UTeach program. Students in STEM concentrations can earn a second degree in secondary teaching (grades 7-12) and still graduate in four years, gaining multiple career options. The first cohort began in Fall 2015 with 42 students, and the program has approximately 169 enrolled students as of Spring 2018.

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Nevada Leads

Nevada Leads is a principal preparation collaboration between UNR and WCSD and a redesign of UNR’s previous M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program. Each spring, 20-25 active WCSD teachers are admitted to this 40-credit professional master’s program. Highlights include mentorship from active WCSD principals, embedded field experiences, an emphasis on 21st century leadership skills, and networking with WCSD administrators and leaders.

Outreach Initiatives

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Northern Nevada Math and Technology Camp

The Northern Nevada Math and Technology Camp supports and encourages children from varied backgrounds to increase their knowledge, skills, and confidence in mathematics, as well as technology use for mathematics learning. The program offers an annual summer camp and, when possible, provides after-school programs in select WCSD schools.

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Dean’s Future Scholars

Dean’s Future Scholars (DFS) is an academic outreach program housed in the College of Education aimed at increasing the number of low-income, first-generation students gaining access to higher education by providing long-term mentoring and summer programming. To date, the program has served 1,274 students. For the past five years, the DFS program has averaged a 93% high school graduation rate and a 69% college enrollment rate.

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Rural Teacher Outreach

The Rural Education Initiative is designed to build a foundation between higher education and the rural school districts, helping to assist with the teacher shortage in Nevada’s rural communities. In 2017, the College of Education hosted a summit where 13 of 15 rural districts participated in a roundtable discussion to exchange ideas on how to add more teachers to the rural pipeline.

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School Climate Transformation

In collaboration with the Nevada Department of Education, the Nevada School Climate Transformation Project introduces School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBS), a multi-tiered behavior framework for improving student academic and behavior outcomes, to Nevada schools. This grant-funded project aims to implement SWPBS in more than 100 schools across six school districts in Nevada over the next several years.

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Nevada Math Project

The Nevada Mathematics Project engages in cutting-edge research with national collaborators and provides state-wide professional development to improve math and science instruction in Nevada and beyond.

College of Education Partnerships

The College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno is one of the few colleges in the country that has solidified and strengthened partnerships with the school districts that our students serve. This commitment to improving our own teaching methods and strengthening Nevada's teacher workforce could not be achieved without our partners.