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TAMIU’s Keck to Yale National Initiative Strengthening Public School Teaching Posted: 10/30/15

TAMIU’s Keck to Yale National Initiative Strengthening Public School Teaching


Dr. Ray Keck, TAMIU President

            Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) president Dr. Ray M. Keck has been selected to attend an invitational conference at Yale University dubbed the Yale National Initiative to Strengthen Teaching in Public Schools this month.

            The Conference is part of a Yale commitment made at the 2014 White House Summit on College Opportunity, focused on ensuring an equitable distribution of effective teachers for engaging and educating students from low-income families by examining the role of teacher institutes in supporting and retaining teachers in high- need schools.

            Conference goers will hear case studies and panels comprising both university faculty members and public school teachers and provide a forum to consider how universities can help to ensure that many more students from low-income families are prepared to enroll in college and to succeed at that level.

            Keck said he is looking forward to sharing news of TAMIU’s initiatives in this arena and its historic role as the region’s primary higher education teacher creation catalyst.

            “Part of the reason for our success is our strong linkages to the school districts we serve, our involvement in PreK-12 community initiatives and our creation of programs like the Early College High School with Laredo Independent School District and our own Texas Academy of International and STEM Studies, both richly relevant to the communities we serve. 

              “This, combined with our technology and data-driven undergraduate and graduate teacher training and advancement programs, helps to create highly nimble and proficient educators in all-needs, ” Dr. Keck explained.

             The Conference is considered especially timely as Congress is now considering reauthorization of provisions in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Higher Education Act to promote teacher quality.

               For additional information, contact the TAMIU Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at 956.326.2180, email, click on or visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, Suite 268.