The University-School Programs Division of the University of North Carolina
responds directlyto the University's strategic priority that addresses K-16 education:
"Continue to propose and support initiatives
to serve the needs of the State's public schools."
The University-School Programs Division is responsible for the initiatives involving the University and the public schools of North Carolina. These initiatives encompass the following areas:
Expand efforts in teacher preparation to increase the supply of well qualified and more diverse teachers, especially in high-need licensure areas, to serve the rapidly growing needs of North Carolina’s schools—using 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, while ensuring 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) to ensure high quality teachers, administrators, and other school personnel who can contribute to closing achievement gaps and improving 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 and community colleges in the development of programs, curricula, and instructional materials—including materials that advance the use of information technology—to ensure continuous improvement in the academic achievement of North Carolina’s students, to promote student success in higher education, and to 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 the State’s initiatives to redesign and improve high schools in North Carolina.