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New Grant Seeks to Increase Rural Teacher Retention

Awarded by Morgridge College of Education (MCE) Center for Rural School Health & Education (CRSHE)
Categories are  Grants  tagged  Graduate Students /  Medicine /  Educational-fund /  Teaching
Scholarship deadline

January 15

Amount

$123,950

Awards Offered

Varies

Renewable

No

Is this a No Essay scholarship?

No

DESCRIPTION

The University of Denver (DU) Morgridge College of Education (MCE) Center for Rural School Health & Education (CRSHE) will be expanding its work in rural communities with the addition of a new grant-funded initiative through the Colorado Department of Education’s (CDE) Plan into Action Grants. CRSHE’s goal with this initiative is to create a robust rural school mental health workforce in order to meet the mental health needs of rural students and provide classroom teachers with the support they need by increasing the number of mental health professionals placed in rural schools. MCE will work with state and community partners in southeast Colorado to build and sustain a rural school mental health workforce that can alleviate some of the pressures classroom teachers face in trying to meet those students’ emotional needs. The University anticipates that teacher retention rates will increase as a result of teachers feeling more supported in the classroom.

CRSHE director, Dr. Elaine Belansky, has been working in rural schools in Colorado for 19 years. While new to DU, Belansky is not new to challenges faced by rural communities.

The $123,950 grant will allow Belansky and her team to partner with the Colorado Rural Education Collaborative and two Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) to create strategies aimed at increasing the school mental health workforce across underserved areas of the state. The grant consists of three components:

  • Conduct an immersion in Southeast Colorado for school mental health graduate students
  • Develop a statewide Professional Learning Community for school mental health professionals via ECHO DU
  • Create a hiring forecast that includes cost-effective, innovative strategies to meet rural school mental health workforce demands
  • The long-term goals and impact of the grant are to see an increase in the rural school mental health workforce, increased teacher retention rates, and increased mental health of rural students. The 12 month grant period begins fall 2018.

    Education Level

    Bachelor degree

    GPA

    No Information Available

    Application Start Date

    No Information Available

    Eligibility Criteria

    US citizen

  • You must have graduated with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  • REQUIREMENTS

  • Online Application for Graduate Admission
  • Statement of Professional Goals
  • Current Vita/Resume
  • Official copy of transcript
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice
  • International applicants, or applicants who do not hold a degree from an institution where English was the primary language of instruction, you may be required to provide additional application requirements.

    PROGRAM INFORMATION

    Program

    Master/Graduate

    University Name

    University of Denver

    Specialization

    Mental Health Counseling and Counselor

    Field of Study

    Health Professions

    OTHER INFORMATION

    Gender

    Male/Female

    Scholarship Frequency

    Annually

    Ethnicity

    Other

    State

    Not Applicable

    Outside State Residents eligible

    No

    International Students eligible

    Yes

    Online Master Programs eligible

    No

    Credibility

    Medium

    CONTACT

    mce@du.edu