Indiana University South Bend has received a nearly $340,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Education to cultivate a new generation of teachers. The APR grant, which stands for attract, prepare, and retain, helps IUSB collaborate with local high schools to recruit students who have an interest in pursuing careers in education.
As part of the program, IU South Bend will host the students for two weeks in June for a mix of summer courses and activities. They will go home on the weekends, but on the weekdays, they will stay at on-campus housing.
“This isn’t the kind of program where they come and hang out with us for a couple of weeks and then we send them back to their schools and say, ‘See you next year,’” said Dr. Hope Smith Davis, dean of the School of Education.
IUSB says the coursework aligns with the Advanced College Project, which provides high school students the opportunity to earn college credits by taking IUSB classes in a dual enrollment partnership, while also fulfilling high school graduation requirements.
“One of the most important aspects of this grant is simply to promote the profession,” Davis said. “We want to let young people know how wonderful it is to be a teacher.”
The university will partner with seven northern Indiana educational institutions, including the South Bend Community School Corp., Elkhart Community Schools, John Glenn School Corp., Bremen Public Schools, Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp., the Elkhart Area Career Center and the South Bend Career and Success Academy.