Risng Stars: Jackson Scholars

Passion for teaching, learning,
leading earns recognition

By Mary-Love Bigony, University Marketing

Public school teachers of the 21st century face perplexing issues, from curricula that fail to fit all students, to diverse classrooms of students with different learning styles, to standardized tests that drive lesson plans.

Texas State’s doctoral program in school improvement addresses these issues — and more.

“Students and faculty of the school improvement program work within such challenges to build the assets and strength of schools, communities and their citizens,” says Dr. Miguel Guajardo of the College of Education.

Doctoral students in the program focus on becoming educational leaders and agents of change. Three of those students — Israel Aguilar, Genise Henry and Mónica M. Valadez — are receiving extra support after being named Jackson scholars for 2010-2011.

The Barbara L. Jackson Scholars Network, part of the University Council for Educational Administration, provides mentors for graduate students of color who are studying in UCEA-member institutions’ doctoral programs in educational leadership.

For the rest of the story, visit the Rising Stars archive at the Texas State website.

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