UT Tyler teams up with Texas Education Agency to help small school districts increase literacy

Two of the biggest education organizations in the state are stepping in to help small, struggling school districts improve their literacy rates.

The Texas Education Agency and the University of Texas System have teamed up to create the Texas Turnaround Initiative, which is designed to leverage the intellectual capital of UT schools of education to improve classroom environments.

UT Tyler Department of Education Director Wes Hickey said TEA Commissioner Mike Morath was instrumental in the program’s creation.

The initiative uses a multitiered approach with intervention for the students and increased training for new teachers.

July 23, 2018 | Tyler Morning Telegraph


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“Morath believed that schools of education could step in and use their intellectual capital to help low performing kids. He has been very involved. He’s very passionate and wasn’t passing it on to someone else.”

– Wes Hickey, UT Tyler Department of Education Director