New partnership to bring master's degrees to 200 teachers

San Antonio ISD teams up with Relay Graduate School of Education

By Michelle Ganley - Graham Media Group

SAN ANTONIO - At least 200 teachers with the San Antonio Independent School District will receive master’s degrees over the next five years, under a new partnership announced Tuesday.

The degrees will be earned through two new innovative teacher development programs, in partnership with the Relay Graduate School of Education.

The school district and the Relay Graduate School made the announcement Tuesday at Jefferson High School. Texas Education Agency’s Deputy Commissioner of Educator Support Martin Winchester was in attendance.

Seventy-five middle school and high school teachers will have the opportunity to receive their master's degrees through Relay, starting in the spring of 2017.

Ogden Elementary School will become a laboratory school as well, beginning in the 2017-18 school year. Under a two-year program called Pathway to Teacher, 25 teacher-residents will learn techniques, work as apprentices with mentor-teachers, earn their certifications in their first year and then get their master’s degrees in their second year.

The hope is that the district will set up these teachers for long-term careers in schools. The Ogden program plans to accept 25 or more teachers a year for five years.

A local nonprofit organization, City Education Partners, will support the teacher training program and the lab-school model by providing grants to the district and Relay, which has campuses in nine states.

The master’s degree program requires a 15-month commitment. It will allow experienced secondary teachers to transform urban classrooms, according to a news release. The 75 educators chosen will be selected from among English, math and science teachers — and will include 25 teachers from each of those subject areas.

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