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Tyler GEAR UP Sponsors Teacher Training Sessions at UT Tyler

Dr. Genie Linn conducts a training session

Dr. Genie Linn (standing) conducts a training session class.

Thirty-one teachers and administrators recently completed a training session of Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People as a culminating experience for building leadership capacity in The University of Texas at Tyler GEAR UP program, Dr. Peggy Gill, Tyler GEAR UP director at UT Tyler, announced.

UT Tyler hosted two training sessions June 5 – 7 and June 12 – 14.

Dr. Genie Linn and Dr. Wes Hickey, UT Tyler assistant professors of educational leadership and policy studies, conducted the sessions as a part of the university’s Tyler GEAR UP grant project collaboration between itself and Tyler Independent School District.   

Teachers from Boulter, Dogan, Stewart and Hogg Middle Schools, as well as John Tyler High School, were selected by campus administrators to participate in Teacher Leadership Corps, a Tyler GEAR UP sponsored project that invests in teacher development and the establishment of a professional learning community by strengthening a committed core of teacher leaders.

“GEAR UP and Tyler ISD are fortunate to have such dedicated teacher-leaders. They are committed to fostering a culture of excellence and high expectations at each campus,” said Gill, who received a $3.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to execute Tyler Gaining
Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. The program serves to encourage and prepare students for higher education.

“It has been my privilege to work with the teachers and administrators of the GEAR UP schools in this leadership endeavor.I believe this is an auspicious beginning of great things to come,” said Linn.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of nearly 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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