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FSU awarded $3.5 million grant for teacher prep program

March 25th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

Frostburg State University has been awarded a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for Rural Educators for Appalachian Children (REACH), a teacher quality partnership project. Under the program, FSU will implement a dual certification special education and elementary teacher preparation program. “The REACH project is an exciting new endeavor for the College of Education,” said Boyce Williams, dean of FSU’s College of Education. “We are so pleased to be able to meet the needs of our surrounding districts and the students they serve, and we are enthusiastic about our collaboration in high-need schools.”

Partnering with schools in Allegany, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton counties and Turkeyfoot Valley Area School District, REACH will utilize focused strategies to enhance the teacher career continuum to increase the number of highly effective and culturally responsive educators for special education in rural America, specifically in Appalachia.