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July 21, 2022

Clark receives $2M to support Main South teacher training

Photo | Clark University Kyle Phigian, works with students at the University Park Campus School.

Clark University received a $2-million grant from AmeriCorps, a national organization based in Washington D.C., to support teachers in the Worcester school’s master’s program for teachers who train in schools throughout the city’s Main South neighborhood.

The funding will support up to 32 students per year, providing a living stipend, and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to be applied toward their student loans, according to a Wednesday press release.

Clark’s master’s program is offered through its Adam Institute for Urban Teaching and School Practice, which partners with schools in the Main South neighborhood, where the Clark campus is located.

The institute aims to prepare teachers to work with culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse students in urban settings, and provide educational opportunity and college-going support for neighborhood students, according to the university. 

“This funding will help reduce the financial need experienced by many who are considering teaching, and increase our potential to grow and diversify the pool of teacher candidates for Worcester,” Thomas Del Prete, director of the institute, said in the press release.

Del Prete is retiring in August.

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