Mansfield ISD Magazine Spring 2016 - Page 9

New Partnership With Texas Wesleyan Jumpstarts Teaching Careers for Students MISD Superintendent Dr. Jim Vaszauskas shakes hands with TWU President Frederick G. Slabach after signing the agreement. M ansfield ISD high school students who want to become elementary school teachers will be able to get a head start in their career through a new partnership with Texas Wesleyan University. such a great university will provide the students a strong foundation to be able to acquire the necessary skills and hopefully come back and serve the Mansfield ISD community.” Texas Wesleyan’s Early Childhood - Grade 6 (EC- 6) Teacher Education Program will allow high school sophomores to enroll in dual credit courses. The selected students have the opportunity to earn 52 of the 127 college credit hours by the time they graduate high school. “We are very excited to bring our ‘Smaller. Smarter.’ approach of personalized attention and dedicated faculty directly to MISD students,” said Texas Wesleyan President Frederick G. Slabach. “Our education program has a long-standing reputation of developing and graduating the best and brightest teachers in North Texas.” According to the U.S. Department of Education, school districts across the nation face significant teacher shortages. The district’s partnership with Texas Wesleyan is a way to help improve that shortage. MISD hopes the program’s graduates will apply for EC-6 generalist and EC-6 general bilingual teaching positions in the district. “I think it’s a great opportunity to allow our students earlier access if they are set on pursuing a career in elementary education,” said Jennifer Castrillo, MISD post-secondary coordinator. “Partnering with As with all MISD dual credit courses, students will need to maintain an 80 or above grade point average and meet the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements. & Mansfield School & Family 7