Centers & Institutes

  • Center for Pre-K-12 Initiatives in Education

    The Center for Pre-K-12 Initiatives in Education oversees the quality, program development and implementation, integration, interdisciplinary collaboration, and research of Worcester State University’s pre-kindergarten through grade 12 programs. We also monitor the ways WSU is serving the greater Worcester area educational community to assure our programs are well-organized and beneficial for our students and community partners.

    We collaborate with local K-12 schools, including Worcester Public Schools, by offering innovative outreach programs to address the needs of schools, teachers, students, and administrators. Our work includes:

    • Providing schools with resources to improve their state classification level
    • Conducting research on the impact of teaching and learning strategies
    • Providing professional development for teachers in the public schools
    • Offering MCAS/PARCC—and MTEL—preparation courses (credit and non-credit)
    • Recruiting students from underrepresented groups into teacher education
    • Coordinating the Worcester Future Teachers program
    • Hosting summer programs in content areas across departments
    • Attending school fairs and family nights at area public schools
    • Coordinating field trips of K-12 students to WSU
  • Call to Teaching Initiative
    WSU’s Call to Teaching Initiative seeks to address the shortage of teachers of color in local public schools by recruiting middle and high school students of color to learn the craft of teaching in one of our education major or minor programs. We’re participating in a nationwide movement that aims to improve the ratio of minority teachers to minority children, who account for 50.3% of the total U.S. public school population, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

    Our approach is to lead by example. We partner with recent WSU graduates of color who have found jobs as teachers to be passionate spokespeople for the profession. They speak at events that we host—in collaboration with Worcester Public Schools and Quinsigamond Community College—throughout the year at our campus as well as organizations in the city of Worcester.

    Our outreach is informed with research by Storms Associates, which studied enrollment trends in our education programs. The goal of the initiative is to admit the first program cohort in the 2017 fall semester, which will be supported by comprehensive academic services such as scholarships, mentoring, MTEL test preparation and job placement assistance.

    Worcester State has been preparing highly qualified teachers since we first opened our doors in 1874, and we were an early leader in educating teachers of color. Sara Wilson, a member of the Class of 1894, became one of Worcester’s first African American teachers, working at Belmont Street School for 49 years.
    Committee Members
    Raynold M. Lewis
    Center Director and Interim Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Linda Larrivee
    Dean of the School of Education, Health & Natural Sciences

    Carol Donnelly
    Professor of Education
     
    Eileen Perez
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    Developmental Mathematics Program Director

    Kirby Wycoff
    Assistant Professor of Education

    Christina Bebas
    Assistant Professor of Education

    Marcela Uribe-Jennings
    Director of Multicultural Affairs and AID

    Mark Wagner
    Director of the Binienda Center for Civic Engagement

    Mary Jo-Marion
    Assistant Vice President for Urban Affairs and Executive Director of the Latino Education Institute