Miami University has received a $140,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation to pilot an immersive urban education program there.

Combined with a $160,000 grant from an alumni donor, the Miami University School of Education, Health and Society plans to develop and set up the Cleveland Urban Cohort, similar to its Urban Teaching Cohort, which focuses on Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. The cohort immerses students in urban communities to help ease their transition as beginning teachers in inner-city school districts.

Throughout the program, students participate in urban immersion experiences, volunteer with community agencies and live in the urban communities in which they student teach.

The Cleveland pilot project would explore a more holistic approach to meeting the needs of families and would involve students from other university departments, including family studies, social work, educational leadership and health studies. The program also would work with communities on projects.

The funding will support the pilot program for four years and support partnerships with local agencies and schools in the city.

“The Cleveland Foundation’s partnership is very meaningful as we launch an Urban Cohort program that has tremendous potential to impact not only Miami students but also Cleveland’s near West Side community,” said Carine Feyten, education, health and society school dean. “We are excited to expand this inspiring program into another of Ohio’s urban centers while involving more of our talented students and faculty.”

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