Academy for Teacher Excellence (ATE) prepares culturally efficacious individuals, who are culturally competent, possess high teaching and/or mentoring efficacy, and can implement culturally responsive practices fostering individual and group transformation. ATE provides opportunities for disseminating best learning and teaching practices to serve and impact local school districts with over 90% Latino students.
The Academy for Teacher Excellence’s mission is to collaborate with school districts, community colleges and the private sector in:
- Supporting Latino students to overcome financial, psychosocial, and institutional barriers that traditionally hinder their full participation in a university;
- Increasing faculty’s sensitivity and preparation to address these barriers;
- Increasing the number of teacher preparation programs that become nationally recognized by their success;
- Conducting quantitative and qualitative research that informs administrators, teachers, higher education faculty and community members with best practices that closes the educational gap;
- Creating school, community, and university linkages that assume responsibility to prepare all children for the 21st Century through a seamless P-20 educational system.
ATE has served 1,852 undergraduate students seeking teaching certification. Of those, 59% (n= 1,100) have been Latinos and 114 have participated in the Teacher Academy Induction Learning Community (TAILC). ATE has enrolled over 200 students in its Accelerated Teacher Education Program (ATEP), a graduate level teacher preparation program. In addition to becoming teachers of record in high-need schools (those with over 90% Latino students) over 80% have remained teaching for at least 5 years.
Since 2005 ATEP mathematics, science and special education teachers have served over 100,000 Latino students in the San Antonio area. Currently, 82 ATEP teachers have earned a M.A. Ed. and 43 additional will be completing the M.A. Ed. within 18 months. ATE has designed and provided opportunities to UTSA faculty, undergraduate students, and school districts teachers to engage in a number of critical areas.