McDaniel in the News: McDaniel honored for innovative initiative to diversify Maryland’s teachers

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August 07, 2017

The innovative Teachers for Tomorrow (T4T) program at McDaniel College has been honored as a “Model of Excellence” by University Business magazine.  

In keeping with McDaniel’s mission of access and affordability, as well as tradition of producing top educators, T4T was developed to increase the diversity among Maryland’s Howard County School System’s teachers and the overall workforce to more closely reflect the growing diversity of its student body, while providing college access to academically talented students with limited resources who otherwise would not consider a college education at McDaniel.

McDaniel was recognized by University Business for improving academic outcomes, expanding college access and career preparation and guidance.

“McDaniel College’s efforts to diversify Maryland’s teachers will benefit generations to come,” University Business senior editor Tim Goral said. 

T4T targeted academically successful, low-income students within the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) who were eligible for Federal Pell and state grants. After receiving full funding to attend McDaniel, they pledged in return to work for the school system for three years immediately following their college graduation. They also are required to intern and do their student teaching in Howard County’s public schools. 

McDaniel College enrolled 11 students in the first T4T cohort for the fall 2016 semester, including six men and five women from six Howard County high schools. Despite funding being cut by HCPSS and uncertainty surrounding the program’s future, nine students chosen for T4T this year will begin their studies at McDaniel this fall. 
 
In addition to T4T, McDaniel College has shown its commitment to educators with the Educator’s Legacy Scholarship for high school seniors whose parent or guardian works full time in K-12 education or community college. Any service qualifies, including teachers, counselors, support staff or administrators, and there is no limit to the number of scholarships awarded by McDaniel. 

• Read more in the August issue of University Business.