St Cloud State University and the St. Cloud school District will be receiving a teaching grant during the spring semester. The grant is $150,000 from the Bush Foundation Supporting Diversity in Teaching.
The grant is to develop a solution within the community for attracting more diversity for those entering the teaching field. Additional funding will by used by the St. Cloud State’s Teacher Preparation Initiative to evaluate teacher education.
SCSU and the St. Cloud school district will be partnering to create more roles in education for teachers of color within the St. Cloud community.
St. Cloud State was one of 14 institutions to receive the grant. The grant will be funding a program to train future teachers allowing them to work while taking classes at SCSU through online, evening and weekend courses.
The teacher candidates can earn an income and gain experience while being diverse staffers within the district. Potentially, the district could hire them as full on teachers once they gain their licenses.
Within the next year, St. Cloud State faculty could be spending the next year working with members of the school district to further develop the program.
The grant will also fund the search for a retention and recruitment coordinator.
Over 200 people gathered in Atwood Mall at SCSU on Tuesday evening for the #StCloudUNITED event,