A Model For Other Schools
The University of Texas at Austin has undertaken many initiatives to increase the number of students who are the first in their families to attend college. The University of Texas Elementary School is key to this effort. It is not only a community engagement initiative with the goal of increasing the number of under-represented students in the college pipeline; it is a model for other schools in East Austin and beyond. UT Elementary’s administrators and teachers provide training to other teachers and help other elementary schools bridge the gap between theory, research, and practice.
As chair of the UT Elementary Management Board, I have seen firsthand the efforts of the school’s staff to provide the instruction, intervention, and caring support that students need to succeed academically. By nurturing strong relationships between faculty, staff, parents, and students, former CEO Ramona Treviño and current executive director Melissa Chavez have developed a robust community focused on learning. Dedicated supporters and volunteers have also served to enhance the students’ learning experience.
By sharing best practices, supporting students from underserved populations, and helping build communities of learners across East Austin, UT Austin gives students and teachers the tools they need for successful teaching and learning. And that speaks to the University’s core purpose: to transform lives for the benefit of society. We are proud that UT Elementary is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and cannot wait until these students enter UT.
Dr. Gregory J. Vincent
Management Board Chair, UT Elementary School
Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement
W.K. Kellogg Professor in Community College Leadership
Professor of Law