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Future Minority Teachers Initiative

University of Michigan-Flint

  • Program Flint Area
  • Program Area Revitalizing the Education Continuum
  • Grant Amount $80,735
  • Grant Period January 1, 2005–December 31, 2005
  • Location Flint, MI, United States
  • Geographic Focus Flint

About this grant

The University of Michigan-Flint’s (UM-Flint) Future Minority Teachers Initiative was developed to encourage more minority students to choose teaching as a career. Despite UM-Flint graduating the majority of new K-12 teachers employed in Flint and Genesee County school districts, less than 10 percent are minorities. In 2001, the university launched a series of student-centered activities at Flint Northern High School to expose students to the teaching profession and to increase parental involvement in their preparation for college.Renewal funding will enable the initiative to continue a credit-bearing class at Northern High School, which includes completing the Individualized Educational Assessment and a career interest inventory; participating in four hours of tutor training; tutoring in three elementary schools serving K-3 students; participating in simulated teaching sessions; presenting information to 4th- and 5th-grade students at three Flint elementary schools in collaboration with UM-Flint education majors; and attending local college commencement exercises.