Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

Education, educators recognized during American Education Week

Each November, the National Education Association (NEA) sponsors American Education Week, which spotlights the importance of providing every student in America - from kindergarteners through college students - with a quality public education. The NEA also encourages everyone to do his or her part to make our public schools great during this year's celebration, November 14 through 20.

For nearly 135 years, UNI has done its part to prepare graduates who excel as educators and school administrators. Nearly 17,000 alumni educators teach worldwide. If you think that number is impressive, here are a few more to consider:

  • More than 12,000 UNI alumni teach in Iowa.
  • Of Iowa's 32 teacher education programs, UNI's is the largest, typically graduating 50 percent more teachers per year than the next largest program.
  • UNI graduates 500 new teachers every year.
  • Eighteen Iowa School Administrator of the Year recipients received their administrative preparation at UNI.
  • UNI has the most math and science education majors (combined) of any Iowa college or university.
  • UNI's Department of Special Education has a graduate placement rate of nearly 100 percent.
  • Since 1994, more than 1,500 student teachers have participated in the out-of-state or international student teaching program.
  • UNI's Overseas Teacher Recruiting Fair is the oldest and largest in the world, attracting schools from more than 60 countries.
  • During the past six years, the College of Education has secured nearly $45 million in special contracts and grants from federal and state sources.
  • The Iowa Math and Science Education Partnership initiative, led by UNI in partnership with Iowa State University and the University of Iowa, is working to improve Iowa students' performance in math and science; prepare more high-quality math and science teachers for Iowa's schools; and promote statewide collaboration and cooperation.
  • UNI's Reading Recovery Center is one of 22 in the U.S. and the only center in Iowa. Reading Recovery prepares specialized teachers to work with students who have the greatest difficulty learning to read.
  • The College of Education sponsored its first Education in Leaders Lecture Series on Friday, Oct. 8. The featured keynote speaker was Sharon Robinson, president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (pictured on UNI home link to this story). She presented "Envisioning a Premier Pre-K through 12 Teacher and Educational Leader Preparation Program: An Institutional Commitment."

At any given time, between 2,500 and 3,000 UNI students are declared teaching majors, making the program the largest in the state. As more and more students choose teaching and school administration as their life's work, the College of Education will continue to do its part in preparing graduates who can help students grow, prosper and achieve.

UNI and This-is-UNI Homepage: A UNI student teacher works with Pre-K students at UNI's Malcolm Price Laboratory School

Below: Sharon Robison, speaking at the Education in Leaders Lecture Series.

Sharon Robinson