The University-School Programs Division responds directly to UNC's strategic priority, addressing K-16 education in North Carolina. The University-School Program proposes and supports initiatives that serve the needs of the state's public schools. These initiatives include the following:
- Expand efforts in teacher preparation, and increase the amount of well qualified and diverse teachers (especially in high-need areas) that are able to address the rapidly growing needs of North Carolina's schools. Use both traditional and innovative approaches, such as incentives to students, lateral entry programs, mid-career opportunities, e-learning, and collaborative 2+2 programs with NC Community Colleges, to ensure that the quality of teacher preparation is maintained at the highest possible level.
- Continue efforts to develop outstanding teacher and administrator preparation and development programs that include strong discipline content, pedagogy, and clinical training (i.e., integration of Arts and Sciences, accreditation of programs and assessments). Ensure high quality teachers, administrators and other school personnel can contribute to closing achievement gaps and improve student achievement.
- Expand our commitment to the development of comprehensive, high quality programs of continuing professional development of K-12 school personnel from their initial induction to retirement.
- Strengthen partnerships with K-12 schools and community colleges in the development of programs, curricula and instructional material, including materials that advance the use of information technology. Ensure continuous improvement in the academic achievement of North Carolina students, promote student success in higher education and help close gaps in student achievement.
- Support and strengthen both research and public service programs in the UNC Center for School Leadership Development and in UNC schools, colleges and departments of education.
- Partner in state initiatives to redesign and improve high schools in North Carolina.
Learn more about the University's commitment to extend the resources of higher education to public schools in North Carolina through the UNC Center for School Leadership Development.