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Trustees Education Initiative

Vision

The vision of the University of Wyoming Trustees Education Initiative (TEI) is to elevate the College of Education to the status of a preeminent college in professional educator preparation. The TEI Governing Board will receive recommendations from research work groups comprised of Wyoming students, parents, educators, school leaders, state officials, and university faculty.

Mission

The TEI mission is that through extensive evaluation and adaptation of national best practices, TEI will recommend, and the College of Education will implement practices through which the College will prepare and graduate preeminent P-12 professional educators. These highly skilled P-12 teachers will spread throughout Wyoming's P-12 system, ultimately resulting in high school graduates who are among the most skilled and best educated in the nation. These high school graduates will drive Wyoming's cultural and economic engine into the future.

Funding Support

The Trustees Education Initiative is supported, in part, by a five-year, $5M grant from the Daniels Fund, a private charitable foundation with focused funding areas that include K-12 education reform.

The College of Education has received matching funding support from the Sanford Education Center Collaborative, made possible through a gift from philanthropist and businessman Thomas Denny Sanford.

Additional matching funding support has been provided by private foundations and donors in Wyoming.


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Brief Online Innovation Idea Submission Form


News and Updates

Trustees Education Initiative in the News

November 16, 2017: UW Board of Trustees approves three TEI Innovation Proposals for implementation:

The Trustees Education Initiative Governing Board voted to recommend Proposals 2017-05, 2017-09, and 2017-12 to the UW Board of Trustees for action at the Trustees' November 15-17, 2017 meetings.

  • Proposal 2017-05: UW-E4 is a professional educator preparation continuum to: recruit promising high school students into education professions; leverage dual enrollment/AP/IB courses; provide intensive clinical experiences including a one-year teaching residency/internship; and support novice educators through a formalized professional induction and mentoring program through their first four years in Wyoming classrooms.
  • Proposal 2017-09: Ethical Educator Preparation Program integrates a formalized ethics strand throughout the UW College of Education's teacher preparation program with graduates signing an Oath of Ethics as part of commencement ceremonies.
  • Proposal 2017-12: Common Indicator Set the UW College of Education will join a national consortium of high-performing programs using a common set of metrics to support innovation and continuous modernization of educator preparation.

We are grateful to all involved in the collaboration to develop, review, refine, and take action on this proposed innovation to leverage technology in a new way to enhance the preparation of educator candidates at the University of Wyoming in support of the success of all Wyoming P-12 learners. Additional detail on each proposal is available on the TEI Proposals page.

July 21, 2017: University of Wyoming Board of Trustees approves TEI Proposal 2017-01 for implementation by the College of Education

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has approved a TEI proposal for the use of Mursion® technology to support the preparation of education professionals at the University of Wyoming. Following the Board of Trustees action, TEI now will support and engage with the College of Education in its implementation, measurement, and monitoring of Proposal 2017-01. As part of this engagement, the TEI Coordinating Council will work closely with the College of Education Research Work Group as the Proposal’s performance metrics are established to measure the effects of this innovative use of technology. The TEI Proposals Page has been updated to reflect the Board of Trustees action.

We are grateful to all involved in the collaboration to develop, review, refine, and take action on this proposed innovation to leverage technology in a new way to enhance the preparation of educator candidates at the University of Wyoming in support of the success of all Wyoming P-12 learners.



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