A Model For Other SchoolsThe 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. VincentManagement Board Chair, UT Elementary SchoolVice President for Diversity and Community EngagementW.K. Kellogg Professor in Community College LeadershipProfessor of Law
Mr. Randy Ramirez, Vice-Chair, Consultant at OilCM
Dr. Anthony Brown, Member, UT Austin Faculty, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
Dr. Brian Bryant, Member, UT Austin Faculty, Department of Special Education, College of Education
Dr. Dolly Lambdin, Member, UT Austin Faculty, Kinesiology and Health Education, College of Education, Clinical Professor
Dr. William Lasher, Member, UT Austin Faculty, Department of Educational Administration, College of Education, Professor Emeritus
Mr. Gregory Perrin, Member, UT Austin Staff, Associate Vice President and Executive Director for Development
Ms. Pamela Powell, Member, UT Austin Staff, UTeach Science Program, College of Natural Sciences
Ms. Candice Young, Community Representative, Associate Director of Constituent Relations at Texas Exes
Dr. Victor Saenz, UT Austin Faculty, Department of Educational Administration, College of Education, Associate Professor