A Letter to School Administrators
Re: Texas Teachers As Scholars: An Invitation to School Administrators
Dear School Administrator:
Welcome to our online information resources on our Texas Teachers as Scholars (TAS) program, one of the most distinctive and successful university-school partnerships for K-12 teacher development, retention, and renewal in the country. Dedicated to reinvigorating participating teachers as academic leaders, involving teachers with cutting-edge scholarship in the liberal arts and sciences, and encouraging meaningful relationships between university faculty and K-12 teachers, TAS seminars present teachers with the unique opportunity to be engaged and valued as thinkers and scholars themselves.
TAS has served approximately 60-100 Central Texas school teachers per year since 2001, and participants in the program's two-day topical seminars, designed and led by UT's most dynamic scholars and teachers, have been drawn from 15 area school districts and 3 private schools.
For a tuition fee of $200 (which includes all books and materials, parking, and refreshments), we guarantee your faculty members a two-day professional development experience on the topic of his or her choice that is unparalleled in its intellectual stimulation, its richness of content, its small size and participatory format, and the prominence, enthusiasm, and depth of knowledge of its instructor. Teachers receive continuing education credits for their participation and will have the opportunity to utilize the resources of and contribute to the TAS Online Teacher Toolkit.
Teacher response has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic, with virtually every respondent echoing Georgetown ISD's Nedi Taylor, "When you are enriched you are a better teacher" and Wimberley ISD's Marianne Dorsey, "I hunger for more opportunities like this! It was wonderful being treated as an adult with ideas!"
We invite you to peruse further information about the benefits of the program, see a list of our past seminars and partners, and read more responses from teachers. For more detailed information or to request materials, contact our TAS coordinator at (512) 471-2654 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you. Email registration for seminars begins each August.
Evan Carton, Director
The Humanities Institute at The University of Texas at Austin