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Project P.a.C.E. at Region One Education Service Center Receives TEA 2020–2021 Educator Preparation Program (EPP) Commendation

Project P.a.C.E. at Region One Education Service Center (ESC), a member of the Innovation Center 4 Educator Preparation (IC4EP) Network, earned a commendation from the Texas Education Agency in the Preparing the Educators Texas Needs category. The State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) recognizes EPPs for actively recruiting educators in areas with teacher shortages, teachers of color, and for rural schools. Project P.a.C.E. at Region One ESC received this commendation for the 2020–2021 reporting year for preparing teachers who identify as teachers of color. 

“Now that we find ourselves in a greater shortage of teachers, Project P.a.C.E. recruitment efforts search for second-career professionals or first-generation college graduates any time of the year,” said Project P.a.C.E. Director Linda Rodriguez. “Teacher candidates apply for a content of interest and participate in coursework, training, and test preparation in one of twenty-one core content areas with a language supplemental certificate, special education supplement, or one of six Career and Technical Education certifications.” 

The SBEC recognizes high-performing EPPs in Texas by selecting programs that go above and beyond in preparing teacher candidates. One hundred percent of Project P.a.C.E teacher candidates identify themselves as teachers of color, which directly aligns to the demographics of the students in the districts they serve. Project P.a.C.E. at Region One ESC serves thirty-eight school districts and ten charter school systems in an eight-county area. 

 “Accomplishments like this are evidence of EPPs that successfully recruit and prepare candidates to meet their students’ and districts’ needs,” said Anne Douglas-Rowald, director of IC4EP. “On behalf of IC4EP, it’s a privilege to collaborate with such an outstanding EPP.”