UNT camp addresses state's need for bilingual teachers

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 19:43

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Fort Worth ISD high school students with dreams of teaching will learn from the pros June 10 – 13 (Monday – Thursday) in the University of North Texas' Future Bilingual Teachers Academy -- a summer camp that responds to the state's growing need for highly qualified teachers of English language learners.

Master teachers will tell the 25 students about careers in bilingual education and show them how to create lesson plans for English language learners. Beyond learning about teaching careers, the students will experience college life by staying in residence halls, eating in student cafeterias and visiting UNT classes.

"Some of these students may not have realized before they attended this workshop that they, too, could attend college," said Dr. Rossana Boyd, director of the Future Bilingual Teachers Academy and director of the Bilingual/ESL Teacher Certification Programs at UNT. "Through this workshop, we are opening doors for them to access higher education and learn about a career in teaching and helping others."

Texas faces a growing need for bilingual educators, with more than 800,000 English language learners enrolled in Texas public schools, Boyd said. The Future Bilingual Teachers Academy is part of the UNT College of Education's year-round efforts to produce teachers qualified to teach English language learners.


Media: Get photos, video and interviews of students learning from presenters and master teachers, working on projects and visiting UNT classes.

UNT President V. Lane Rawlins and Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Walter Dansby will speak in a reception to be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. June 10 (Monday). Speeches begin at 4:30 p.m.

The Future Bilingual Teachers Academy is made possible through support from the Sid W. Richardson Foundation and Fort Worth ISD.


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.

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