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Michigan 2002 Grant Abstracts

Grantee Name:School District of Detroit
Project Name:Building Effective Support for Teachers (BEST)
Project Director:Julie Pita 313-866-3796

Building Effective Support for Teachers (BEST) is a Detroit Public Schools project designed to support mid-career changers already in alternative routes to teaching. Candidates participate in programs at three institutions of higher education: University of Michigan, Marygrove College, and Wayne State University. The project trains mentors to provide support for the teaching candidates and expedites activities to prepare candidates for the classroom in the district's high-needs schools. Many participants are active in cohort groups, and professional development is provided during the three-year induction process.

Grantee Name:School District, City of Flint
Project Name:Flint Community Schools Transition to Teaching
Project Director:Gail Ganakas 810-760-1211

The Flint Community Schools Transition to Teaching program goal is to assist in recruiting, preparing, and providing sustained quality support to future highly qualified teachers in the Flint urban district. Partnering universities have identified over 300 potential mid-career candidates in the school district. The desire to commit is attractive because of the $500 scholarship, local proximity, and flexibility in the workplace. The vast majority of potential candidates lives in Genesee County and exhibits commitment to the school district's workplace.

Grantee Name:Saginaw Valley State University
Project Name:Transition to Teaching Program-local
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Project Director:Susie Emond 989-964-4331

Summary: Highly qualified candidates are recruited into the teaching profession through this program, with an emphasis in the areas of math, science, and special education; all core content areas were added year 2 per No Child Left Behind legislation. Training that leads to certification is offered, as are sustained effective mentoring and induction programs to ensure retention and effectiveness.

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