Academy for Teacher Excellence
- San Antonio
The Academy for Teacher Excellence (ATE) located at the University of Texas at San Antonio, the premier higher education institution in South Texas, is grounded in the College of Education and Human Development's (COEHD) “Culturally Efficacious Teacher” model.
ATE is a catalyst for the emergence of the COEHD as a nationally recognized leader in preparing teachers to teach diverse student populations and increasing the number of culturally and linguistically diverse students who enroll and graduate with bachelors and advanced degrees in education.
Our Mission Recognizing that UTSA is the premier institution for higher education in South Texas, ATE’s mission is to collaborate with community colleges, community agencies, and school districts by:
Supporting Hispanic students to overcome financial, psycho-social and institutional barriers that traditionally hinder their full participation in a university program. Increasing the sensitivity and preparation of faculty to address these barriers within their delivery of instruction and “sphere of influence”. Increasing the number of UTSA teacher certification programs that become nationally recognized by their success in addressing the increasing cultural and linguistic diversity of the student population in this country. Conducting quantitative and qualitative research that informs administrators, teachers, university faculty and community members with “best practices” that close the educational gap and set the educational standard among diverse student groups in this country. Creating school, community and university linkages that assume responsibility to “leave no child behind” and are accountable for the academic success of all students through a seamless K-16 educational system.
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