HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 8, 2009 – Students in the High Point University School of Education are busy helping to make a difference in the lives of local schoolchildren thanks to a unique partnership with Montlieu Math and Science Academy in High Point.
Mariann Tillery, dean of the School of Education, explains that Guilford County Schools approached the School of Education, asking if HPU students could provide assistance.
“Historically, Montlieu Math and Science Academy has had many challenges including significant teacher turnover and a high percentage of at-risk students,” Tillery says. “Our three student organizations in teacher education are taking the lead to develop a mentoring program at Montlieu Math and Science Academy. The relationship between the mentors and students from Montlieu will be extended to include a broad range of services such as literacy and math tutoring as well as helping to organize science fairs, multicultural events and a book buddies program.”
In addition, Tillery says the educational student organizations ? Teachers of Tomorrow, the N.C. Association of Elementary Educators and Kappa Delta Pi ? are combining their efforts to extend their mentoring by starting a breakfast buddies group, as well as other relationship-building activities.
“This kind of sustained collaboration between institutions of higher education and our public schools not only improves the learning and educational outcomes for all students involved, but it serves to strengthen communities in general,” Tillery says.
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 . Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336firstname.lastname@example.org