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MUST program earns Urban Education Impact Award

November 10, 2011

BY Victoria Davis

The Dr. Shirley S. Schwartz Urban Education Impact Award was presented at the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) 55th Annual Fall Conference in Boston. This year’s award honored the collaboration between the Cleveland Metropolitan school district (CMSD) and Cleveland State University’s Master of Urban Secondary Teaching (MUST) program. 

The Council of Great City Schools has a goal to educate all urban school students to the highest academic standards. Dr. Shirley S. Schwartz worked as the council’s liaison to deans of colleges of education in large urban cities. The Council presented the award in honor and memory of her.

The award honors partnership between a university and an urban school district that has had a positive and significant impact on student learning. This honor provides an incentive for the creation of partnerships. The partnerships are reviewed and judged on the evidence of impact to increase educator and leader effectiveness in K-12 student learning.

“As someone who has worked at two universities, this awards program especially looks good for strengthening town-gown relations, showing CSU helping to improve education in the local Cleveland community”, said Henry Duvall, Director of Communications for CGCS.

CSU’s Master of Urban Secondary Teaching (MUST) program culminates a Master of Education degree and grade 7-12 Ohio teacher licensure in math, science, social studies, English/language arts, foreign language or art.

The MUST program, founded on principles of social justice and commitment to urban communities and schools, shares its vision with program candidates and all of its school partners.

“The result is a teacher licensure program that develops teachers who are successful in urban classrooms because they not only have the skills for effective teaching but also the desire to make a difference in the lives of their students”, said Diane Corrigan, MUST program coordinator.

This program includes a nine-month school-based internship at a local high school. In its 13th year, the MUST program has already graduated more than 300 interns who are helping students in Cleveland schools achieve success.

"As a MUST program graduate and current faculty member of Cleveland School of Science and Medicine, I continuously benefit from the core principles that are the driving force behind this partnership”, said Sarah Sells, AP Physics Teacher for the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine.

The Urban Impact Award specifically recognized the work of the MUST program and the administrator, faculty and students of the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine of CMSD to achieve levels of excellence in state ratings, graduation rates, college acceptance rates, and professional development for teachers. With the award, the Council gives a $2,000 scholarship to a graduate of CMSD who will be attending CSU’s college of education to pursue an education career.

"CSU's MUST program develops teachers with the skills and values to help our students reach the high expectations for learning and success in our school”, said Edward Weber, principal of the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine. “I welcome the opportunity to serve as an educator of these future teachers."