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RockTEACH

RockTEACH

Program Directors: Dr. Jeremy Lynch, Dr. Christine Walsh and Dr. Linda Zane  
Retention and Support Coordinator: Dr. Monique Alexander

The goal of RockTEACH is to diversify the teacher workforce and build a teacher education pipeline by:  

  • Introducing underrepresented minority (URM) high school students from low- to moderate-income households to the field of teaching.
  • Promoting college attendance through interaction with College of Education students and faculty within the comfort of their high school and on the SRU campus.
  • Providing mentorship, support, and opportunities for community engagement to URM teacher candidates within the College of Education.  
  • Connecting College of Education alumni as mentors to current teacher candidates.

THREE PILLARS OF THE PROGRAM

1. RECRUITMENT TO TEACHING                   
SCHOOL-YEAR PARTNERSHIP & CAMPUS VISITS

  • SRU Faculty & Student Ambassadors visit Brashear High School Teaching Magnet students multiple times/year to form relationships and present teaching-related content.
  • Teaching Magnet students visit SRU twice/year to attend sporting events and experience campus life.

SUMMER INSTITUTE

  • One-week residential experience, guided by SRU faculty and student ambassadors
  • Experience campus life, learn essentials about teaching, attend a financial education workshop, network with alumni, and interact with children aged PreK-13 

2. RETENTION IN COLLEGE
MENTORSHIP & SUPPORT

  • Program directors/support coordinator will serve as RockTEACH students' Academic Advisors, guiding them through the course selection and state testing processes.
  • College of Education Students of Color (COESOC): led by the Retention and Support Coordinator to provide mentorship and promote supportive relationships; open to all students of color within the College of Education
  • Curricular and co-curricular community engagement opportunities that allow direct involvement with PreK-12 students in a variety of diverse schools.
  • Jump Start: SRU program to help students transition to campus life, both academically and socially
  • Student Success Coaches: SRU program that focuses on a student's holistic development, establishing values and goals and creating action plans for success

3. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

  • An important goal of the RockTEACH program is to offer scholarships and additional financial support to RockTEACH participants who enroll in SRU's College of Education. Ongoing pursuit of external grant funding to offer critically needed assistance to students who aspire to become a teacher continues to be at the forefront of the RockTEACH mission.

RockTEACH In the News

SRU faculty, students mentor future leaders
SRU receives PNC Foundation grant to support RockTEACH
SRU ranked one of the country's best schools for education majors
SRU receives $20,000 grant to continue RockTEACH