The university’s teacher training program consistently produces graduates who outperform other teachers in the state, according to a report released today by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. The program also is one of Tennessee’s top four producers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers, areas of critical need for the state, according to the 2013 Report Card on Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs.
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The UT Wines of the South competition is back this year and for the first time, the average consumer will have the chance to be a judge. Faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to participate in the event, which will begins at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, at the UT Conference Center. The discounted price is $49.
The News Sentinel recently highlighted the impact of the UT-Project GRAD Summer Institute in this story. The program, which was held this month, served 130 students from Fulton and Austin-East High Schools. The weeklong program aims to prepare inner-city students to succeed in college. The institute is a collaboration between UT and Project GRAD, which stands for Graduation
The Washington Post featured UT professor Dick Allington in a story about summer reading loss and ways to help children maintain their academic skills. Allington is a professor of literacy studies and one of the nation’s leading authorities on summer reading loss. Read the story here.
School has been out for weeks in Knox County, but some students are still attending class in a unique program called Community Schools. The initiative started four years ago in Knox County Schools through a partnership with the UT College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. This year, the summer program is being held at Pond Gap
When Andrea Sams graduates today, it will be more than a personal achievement. It will be a family tradition. She is the third generation of women in her family to earn their degrees from UT. Sams graduates from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Her grandmother graduated in 1953 with a master’s degree in family relations and child development. Her mother earned her bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising in 1983.
Meredith Schlandt thought having a college experience would never be possible for her until she came to UT. Through the FUTURE Postsecondary Education Program, she was able to audit nursing and public health courses and other classes of interest. Schlandt, 21, of Clinton, Tennessee, and seven other students with intellectual disabilities and autism have completed FUTURE and will earn a postsecondary certificate. They are the program’s first graduates.
Sarah Eakes majored in biology with the intent to attend pharmacy school. But during her junior year at UT, she decided to try out VolsTeach, a program that prepares math and science majors to be teachers. She apprenticed in a middle school classroom “and I loved it,” she said. “I was sold after that.” Eakes and seven other students will graduate this month as part of VolsTeach’s inaugural class.
UT will award two honorary degrees and welcome a host of accomplished speakers at this spring’s commencement ceremonies, which begin May 8. Honorary degrees will be awarded to renowned journalist John Seigenthaler at the College of Law commencement and to opera singer Mary Costa, known as the voice of Sleeping Beauty, at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement. More than 3,730 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.
As students across Tennessee prepare to take the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAPs, parents may be looking for ways to reduce their children’s anxiety and help them to do their best. Steve McCallum, professor and head of the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, offers some tips for parents hoping to to instill successful test-taking habits in the days leading up to their children taking the assessments.