Encouraging. Educating. Empowering.
The mission of the Consortium for Future Educators at UCF is to bring district leaders, lead teachers, administrative teams and post-secondary education supporters together to share best practices as it relates to the creation, growth and results of high school teaching academies.
Alignment of these best practices with key stakeholders will support the creation of shared resources, ideas and a strong network to build a community of practice that develops future teachers and supports recruitment and retention efforts with university partners.
UCF’s Consortium for Future Educators supports each district’s unique high school teacher academy, or grow-your-own initiative, in several ways.
- Provides a centralized location and source for information sharing between district administrators and lead teachers who are in a variety of program stages from inception, recruitment, program growth and maintenance, and incentivizing hiring after college graduation.
- Provides relevant and updated research about high school teaching recruitment programs and allows avenues for active research partnerships with UCF as Florida grow-your-own programs mature.
- Provides opportunities for high school students and lead teachers in grow-your-own programs to attend a teaching conference at UCF with a specially designed track of sessions geared towards the high school curriculum about teaching and learning.
In the News
The following depicts the efforts and impact of the consortium’s early work to date:
Taylar Wenzel, Ed.D.Associate Lecturer and Academic Program Coordinator
Laura Albers-Biddle, Ed.D.Senior Lecturer
Norine Blanch, Ph.D.Associate Lecturer
Kelly Jennings-Towle, Ed.D.Director and Senior Lecturer
Roberta Ergle, Ph.D.Senior Lecturer
Marni Kay, M.Ed.Associate Instructor
Stephanie Luke, M.Ed.Associate Instructor
Shane Trenta, Ed.D.Associate Lecturer