Nineteen COE teacher licensure candidates will be flying off to Texas this weekend to start an intensive weeklong classroom experience at schools in the Houston Independent School District (HISD). This is the first of two Educate U.S. cohorts that will travel to the city this spring and the first ever to work in HISD schools. (The second spring 2016 cohort will work in the Aldine ISD, which has partnered with Educate U.S. since its inception in 2014.)
Jennifer Johnson, director of teacher preparation and development, and Portia Downey, coordinator of professional development, will accompany the students during their visit. “I think it’s a testament to the quality of the Educate U.S. program that the Houston ISD has partnered with us in addition to Aldine,” Portia said. “We are really looking forward to the trip.”
During their stay, students will live with host families, work side-by-side with district teachers, learn about employment opportunities and, if their busy schedules allow, see some of the sites the country’s fourth largest city has to offer.