University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to partner with Tyner Academy on the UTC Institute for Teaching and Learning
Posted on 12/26/2018
Hamilton County Schools and UTC partnersThe University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC)’s School of Education has agreed to sponsor the UTC Teaching and Learning Institute at Tyner Academy. The UTC Teaching and Learning Institute is one of 20 Future Ready Institutes in Hamilton County Schools.

The UTC Teaching and Learning Institute is a four-year program at Tyner Academy that prepares high school students for a career in teaching. As part of the partnership, Tyner students will visit UTC classes, tour campus and meet with current UTC students to learn about their experience. Every Tyner senior is also matched with a mentor from the UTC faculty and staff to help navigate the application and financial aid/scholarship process. Teaching and Learning Institute graduates who meet UTC admissions requirements and enroll at UTC will receive a credit for the “Foundation of Education” course required for all education majors.

“UTC’s School of Education is excited to be a part of the work to recruit and prepare future teachers from Hamilton County to return back to their community to become the future teachers,” says Renee Murley, director of the School of Education. “We believe this partnership will benefit Tyner Academy Teaching and Learning students, the School of Education and Hamilton County.”

Future Ready Institutes challenge the traditional approach to education in high schools by developing career-themed small learning communities. Themes include medicine, robotics, forensic science, engineering, hospitality, technology, business, marketing and more. Teachers of all content areas including English, math, science and social studies work closely with the career theme teacher to provide classroom instruction through the lens of a career. The goal is for students to clearly understand why a lesson is important and how they will use the information in the future.

“Community partners are vital to the success of Future Ready Institutes in Hamilton County Schools, and UTC is a welcome addition to our efforts to train future teachers,” said Dr. Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools. “Future Ready Institutes are key learning opportunities in our schools today that will open doors to exciting possibilities for our graduates and our community.”

Tyner Academy will host a formal induction ceremony with UTC on Feb. 8, 2019.

Photo: Left to Right - Joe Wingate, chairman, Hamilton County Board of Education; Dr. Bryan Johnson, superintendent, Hamilton County Schools; Dr. Valerie Rutledge, dean of the UTC College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies; Blake Freeman, director of Future Ready Institutes of Hamilton County Schools; Dr. Renee Murley, director of the UTC School of Education; and Gerald Harris, principal of Tyner Academy