The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation awarded a substantial challenge grant to the Urban Teacher Center to expand its teacher preparation program.“It is our hope that this grant will be a pathway for leaders in education philanthropy to help young people nationwide get the education they need to learn and grow, regardless of the ZIP code they’re born into,” Michelle Boyers, director of education for the Schusterman Family Foundation, said in a statement.
Between December 2014 and December 2015, the foundation will match contributions up to $500,000. UTC was a previous recipient of a $3 million multiyear grant from the Schusterman Family Foundation.
According to Jennifer Green, UTC CEO and co-founder of the Baltimore-based organization, funds raised from the challenge grant will be used to support current Baltimore and Washington, D.C., programs through coaching of first- and second-year teachers, assessment work and the purchase of materials.
UTC participants, known as residents, complete a 15-month residency program of combined classroom training and master’s coursework, accompanied by three years of individual coaching. Program residents are currently working in 36 Baltimore city schools and 50 D.C. schools.
“What we’re really about is trying to provide Baltimore schools and D.C. schools with highly accountable teachers, and the grant will help us expand those programs,” said Green.