SHU's Farrington College of Ed & Human Dev Receives $260K Grant

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education & Human Development (IFCEHD) has received a $260,000 grant from The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck (PCLB) Foundation to support the college’s Bridgeport Teacher Residency program

Currently in its third year, the program is a year-long, immersive, co-teaching preparation model. It pairs a teacher candidate with an experienced mentor and, when the program ends, the successful candidates are promised a teaching position in a Bridgeport school. The candidates also graduate with a master’s degree in teaching

The first round of the grant payment will cover the salary of a full-time program director to continue the work in Bridgeport and expand it to other school districts. In addition, the grant will provide financial support to SHU’s participating students to mitigate the cost-of-living expenses so they can engage fully in teaching and learning during their residency experience. 

“This grant also will support a faculty learning community to deepen our collective learning about equity and justice in the teacher education space and intersections between that and our own identities and teaching practice,” said René Roselle, SHU’s director of teacher preparation. “This will help faculty develop and become more skilled at detecting and disrupting biases and injustice in their own teaching and guide teacher candidates to do the same. This is particularly exciting and timely, considering the University-wide diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging initiatives.” 

“We are incredibly fortunate that The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation has funded our efforts to reconceptualize our teacher preparation program, in collaboration with TeachingWorks at the University of Michigan and the National Center for Teaching Residencies,” said Michael Alfano, dean of IFCEHD and vice provost for strategic partnerships. “Our reimagined program is cutting-edge and works in strategic partnership with the Bridgeport public schools.”


About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers nearly 90 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University’s nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education & Human Development; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 387 Colleges–2022 Edition, “Best Northeastern” and Best Business Schools–2022 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theatre. www.sacredheart.edu


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