Members of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke School of Education presented about educator preparation at the Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity in California recently, according to a press release.
This came after the university received a $400,000 grant through the Branch Alliance for Education Transformation Center last year to help the school “recruit and retain diverse teacher candidates.”
“Our institution is uniquely positioned to take full advantage of this partnership with Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity and our community partners, the Public Schools of Robeson County and Scotland County Schools,” said Loury Floyd, dean of the School of Education at UNC-Pembroke, the press release stated. “We are excited to be an example, showing how UNCP uses data to address and inform programmatic challenges disproportionately impacting educators of color that will provide a pipeline of quality teachers for our communities.”
The team working from the grant money created a transformation plan and a data plan, and hired a data specialist to help create an “Educator Preparation data notebook and a Brave Educator Dashboard,” according to the press release.
This work being done at the university’s school of education “will cultivate a culture of data empowerment, in which improvements in access and understanding of data and streamlined data-collection processes support continuous program improvement,” according to the press release.