The grant also allows for the continued development of an online teacher training program to make it adaptable for current and future challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
TeachUNITED believes in the power of dedicated teachers to help transform the outcomes of overlooked and underserved rural populations. Research indicates that the middle grades are the “make it or break it” years when students begin to disengage from school. Strong, effective, research-based instructional practices in the middle grades are critical to keep students engaged and develop good habits to ensure they are well prepared for high school and career success.
Committed leaders and teachers at rural middle schools work alongside TeachUNITED coaches for 1+ years to create engaging, energized, data-driven, student-centered classrooms. Teachers engage in online courses and workshops with facilitated professional teacher networks, allowing for peer-to-peer collaboration and support. TeachUNITED’s evidence-based training helps groups of underserved teachers tangibly shift their practice, resulting in improved student engagement and learning outcomes where students gain skills for the future.