SUNY Cortland and SUNY Oswego awarded teacher prep grants

Two New York state universities have been awarded nearly $1 million to develop teacher preparation pilot programs.

The state education department said Thursday that the State University of New York colleges at Cortland and Oswego will work with Binghamton High School and the Syracuse school district, respectively.

They'll develop pilot programs aimed at preparing teachers to educate students in high-needs schools in math and science, as well as those who teach English as a second-language.

Commissioner John King says research shows that placing teacher candidates in residencies with partner schools increases teacher retention and helps prepare them for the realities of working in high-needs schools.

The funding comes from a federal "Race to the Top" grant.

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