Grants to encourage more minority teachers

January 13, 1993|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,Staff Writer

A national foundation has pledged $3 million to a consortium of Baltimore institutions headed by Morgan State University to encourage minorities to go into teaching.

Some of the money will be used to establish a magnet high school for future teachers at a Baltimore public school.

The DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund is set to announce its grants today. In all, the fund will be awarding $20.6 million in grants nationally to encourage students to become teachers.

Towson State University is to receive a separate grant of $266,032 to pay returning Peace Corps volunteers to work in Baltimore schools while earning teaching degrees at Towson.

"We know the teaching force is more white, while the children, the students in school, are becoming more and more diverse," said Patricia Morris, acting dean of Morgan's school of education and urban studies. "If we don't address this, there won't be enough [minorities] in the teaching pool to replace those who are leaving."

The grant money will pay for several programs in city schools, including future teachers clubs and an eighth-grade class designed to interest middle-school students in professional careers, especially teaching.

It also will pay for a 12th-grade orientation program for students interested in teaching, which will include an eight-week internship in an elementary school and academic-enrichment activities at area colleges.

The teaching-careers magnet school is scheduled to be established by the fall of 1994, Dr. Morris said. No site has been selected.

Also involved in the grant are the Johns Hopkins University, Loyola College, Coppin State College, Towson State University, College of Notre Dame, Baltimore City Community College and Dundalk Community College. These schools will provide advice and play host to field trips, while Morgan officials will oversee the project.

Towson was one of 15 colleges selected to share $5.5 million for training returning Peace Corps volunteers.

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