The Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers five year grant project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition. PTT (Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers) is focused on the preparation and support of teachers and early childhood personnel so that they are able to effectively educate young children who are dual-language learners.
Key Goals of the PTT Project
To prepare teachers ready to work with English learners in early childhood classrooms.
The newly revised early childhood education teacher preparation program at UWM will allow the candidates the opportunity to develop the skills and attain the requirements for dual certification in Early Childhood and English as a Second Language or Bilingual Education.
To improve the program’s ability to recruit and retain a diverse student body, while also strengthening the career ladder for a cadre of bilingual teachers.
The revised early childhood program is a 4-year model (both cert. and non-cert. tracks) where students are admitted to the professional program as freshman with focused advising and additional supports to completion. We are also providing tuition support, state-required exam support, and focused advising for Spanish and Hmong speaking Early Childhood AAS students from MATC as a pathway to a 4-year degree and teacher certification.
The UWM Faculty and the Project Planning Group will identify professional development needs for practicing teachers focused on quality education for ELs and on the development of STEM skills and knowledge.
Needs assessments are used to create yearly professional development modules to provide support for the professionals already in the field so that they are able to effectively educate young children who are English learners (ELs), particularly in the area of science.
PTT Consortium Partners
Milwaukee Area Technical College Early Childhood Program
The ECE program at MATC is a vocational preparation program for educators who work in child care and pre-school (non-public school settings). Students in this program earn an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education.
Racine Unified School District
The Racine Unified School District is an urban Local Educational Agency (LEA) located in Southeastern Wisconsin. RUSD is the fourth largest school district in the state.
Centro Hispano of Milwaukee
The Council for the Spanish Speaking, Inc. is a comprehensive, Latino serving, non-profit, community-based organization in Milwaukee. CSS operates the Guadalupe Head Start in six sites throughout the central city of Milwaukee.
La Casa de Esperanza
La Casa de Esperanza is a community-based organization that helps more than 20,000 individuals and families annually through a variety of programs and services to create positive change in the Waukesha area. La Casa de Esperanza Early Childhood Education Center provides high-quality Early Educational services.
For more information about the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers scholarship opportunities
Dr. Leanne Evans
Early Childhood Faculty
Dr. Nancy File
Lecturer & ESL Expert