Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Awards $1 Million to Urban Teacher Center

The has announced a grant of $1 million to the in support of the center's impact strategy.

The grant will support UTC's efforts over the next two years to expand its presence in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., public schools, as well as codification of the data literacy component of UTC's curriculum, which trains teachers how to use assessment data to guide their instruction and improve student learning. At the end of the grant period, UTC will share its practices more broadly, with the hope they can serve as a model for districts and schools looking to use data to improve the effectiveness of teachers.

Founded in 2009 to help prepare excellent teachers for the nation's highest-need schools, UTC currently partners with seventy-five district and public charter schools in Baltimore and the District of Columbia. Among other things, the organization requires participants in its program to commit to working in one of its partner schools for four years and "guarantees" that every UTC teacher hired should be able to improve student outcomes.

"We have been impressed by Urban Teacher Center's groundbreaking work in Baltimore and D.C.," said Micah Sagebiel, the Dell Foundation's program officer for U.S. education. "Deepening its work in these cities and extending its commitment to teacher training are essential elements to better student outcomes."

"." Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Press Release 03/18/2014.