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CEUT Received 2020 State Funding

Hamline University’s School of Education Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching (CEUT) was one of five Minnesota institutions to receive a 2020 grant as part of Minnesota’s Collaborative Urban and Greater Minnesota Educators of Color (CUGMEC) program.

The CUGMEC grant initiative is administered by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board and is designed to increase the number of educators who are of color or are American Indian. Research by the Wilder Foundation shows that Minnesota faces a teacher shortage with 12% of districts having to cancel classes or programs for lack of teachers. More importantly, while the percentage of students of color statewide increases yearly, the percentage of educators of color remains stagnant.

“The funds from this award will allow us to continue to help increase racial and ethnic diversity among Minnesota teachers,” said Rebecca A. Neal, Executive Director of the CEUT.

The grant will provide direct support in the form of scholarships to undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates served by the CEUT.

Since 2011, Hamline’s CEUT has worked to bolster recruitment, retention, licensure and induction rates of teacher candidates who are of color or who are American Indian.

Written by staff.