HPU School Of Education Begins Program That Will Allow Current Teachers To Further Education

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 28, 2009 ? The School of Education at High Point University has recently developed and initiated a new program that will allow current classroom teachers to advance their education.
The program ? the Educational Leadership Cohort ? began with a partnership with Davidson County, Thomasville City and Surry County Schools.
“The cohort model is based on a contractual agreement between the School of Education and participating school districts,” explains Dr. Mariann Tillery, dean of the School of Education at HPU. “In this case, our cohorts have been developed to allow school districts to identify talented teachers with career status who are good candidates for career advancement in the area of school administration.”
Tillery says one cohort of 29 teachers began the program during the summer, along with two others in the fall, which included an additional 42 teachers.
“The program is essentially designed to offer the Master of Education graduate degree program in educational leadership within three local school districts,” Tillery says. “Through a grant provided to the School of Education by the Wachovia Foundation, we have created a model for participants that is uniquely customized to each school system, convenient and affordable.”
She says the program has numerous benefits ? not only to the school but to the community as well.
“This is an excellent community outreach effort by HPU during a time when the economy is causing great stress on educational budgets,” Tillery says. “This effort to provide career advancement opportunities to teachers has been very well received by those school districts involved in the partnership.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu.
Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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