|Grantee Name:||University of Alabama at Birmingham|
|Project Name:||TRUE: Transition Routes to Urban Education|
|Project Director:||Deborah Voltz 205-934-8320|
|Partner Districts/LEAs:||Birmingham City, Bessemer City, and Fairfield City|
TRUE is a partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham and three high-needs school districts in Birmingham, Alabama metropolitan area. TRUE will recruit, prepare, and retain teachers in high-needs areas identified by participating districts, including secondary education in math, science, English, social studies, elementary education, special education, and English as a second language. The first cohort of approximately 20 participants will begin in year 2 and complete in year 4. The second cohort of approximately 20 participants will begin in year 3 and complete in year 5, for a total of 40 participants prepared in the identified high-needs areas. TRUE will target mid-career professionals, recent college graduates not majoring in education, and paraprofessionals in the participating school districts. A number of innovative features will enhance the delivery of TRUE's alternative certification program, including coursework infused with competencies related to urban teaching, coursework co-taught by university faculty and master teachers from the partner districts, web-enhanced courses, and mentorship from master teachers in the participating school districts. TRUE participants will receive a master's degree and certification to teach in high-needs areas designated by the participating school districts. Upon completing the program, participants will meet state criteria for highly qualified teachers and will have the knowledge and skills to deliver standards-based instruction and promote high levels of achievement among diverse, urban students.