DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The North Texas Regional P-16 Council, coordinated by the University of North Texas College of Education, has earned the Crystal Award for Community Partnership Academic Impact in the Texas Education Partnership Awards competition.
The council aims to advance the education of students and close the gaps in students' academic achievement from preschool through higher education by working with families, businesses, government agencies and community organizations. Members of the council include school districts, community college districts, institutions of higher education, Region 10 and 11 Education Service Centers, workforce organizations, philanthropic agencies, and chambers of commerce.
"The North Texas Regional P-16 Council and UNT are honored to be recognized by the Texas Association of Partners in Education," said Dr. Jean Keller, interim vice president for community engagement and professor at UNT. "This recognition reflects on the hard work of council members whose commitment to education partnerships has made a positive impact on the youth in north Texas. This is an extremely prestigious award, and the council is honored to receive it since it recognizes the impact and measured change in student progress and outcomes with focus on the Birdville ISD. This key P-16 Council partner sponsored the application to TAPE."
The council is chaired by Keller and Mary Harris, Regents Professor in teacher education and administration at UNT.
The Texas Association of Partners in Education's annual awards program recognizes outstanding educational partnerships across the state. The award will be presented at the TAPE Awards Luncheon, held during the Texas Association of School Administrators Midwinter Conference Jan. 28 (Tuesday) in Austin.
About UNT's College of Education
UNT's College of Education prepares students to contribute to the advancement of education, health and human development. Founded in 1890 as a teacher's training college, UNT now enrolls more than 4,000 students in the College of Education, which consists of four departments -- counseling and higher education; educational psychology; kinesiology, health promotion and recreation; and teacher education and administration. UNT's College of Education certifies about 1,000 teachers a year -- making it the largest producer of new teachers in the north Texas region. Students are also prepared for careers as researchers, counselors, leaders, physical activity and health promotion specialists, child development and family studies specialists and more.