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Fall 2018 was another strong start for KTA partners

The K-12 Teachers Alliance (KTA) experienced another strong fall start in 2018, with 3,319 teachers entering programs at our 19 partner institutions across the country. Through our proprietary Standard Operating Procedure, which leverages our school district relationships, individual building principals and face-to-face meetings with local teachers, KTA continues to be the premier organization at identifying and meeting the needs of the K-12 community.

Below are some highlights and a few examples of the intricate and proven results produced by our propriety SOPs and needs analysis process in local school districts across the country.

Concordia University Chicago

Continuing our deep rooted communication process through more than 875 school districts in Illinois, we helped facilitate teachers entering 22 different master’s degree programs and 6 different doctoral strands.

Concordia University Chicago (CUC) is the leading provider of the Illinois Principal Prep Program, and through partnership with KTA is able to offer this program face to face in 22 locations around Chicago. KTA was recently able to open 3 new locations through our district relationships. These include Highland Park, Mount Carmel High School and Stevenson High School.

A prime example of the needs analysis process leading to enrollment came this fall, when KTA, working with Libertyville School District developed a special cohort exclusively for this district using CUC’s Technology Specialist program helping 14 students obtain the endorsement, which was desperately needed in the district.

Gardner Webb University

After 9 years partnering with Gardner Webb University (GW) to meet the needs of teacher in North Carolina, the university approached KTA about the possibility of also working in South Carolina. In a short amount of time we were able to assess the needs in the border counties and develop significant district relationships. We are now offering seven different non-licensure programs from GW in South Carolina. Since the initiative started KTA has helped over 200 South Carolina teachers pursue degrees from GW.

Five years ago KTA provided direct competitor and market analysis to GW regarding the availability of Ed Specialist and Doctoral programs in the state. Through direct contact with individual teaches we had over 100 interested students, ready to apply, once the programs were created. The result of this collaborative effort KTA has provided GW with more than 500 doctoral students in North Carolina. Program development is significantly less risky when the market is identified and clarified before a KTA partner invests in the process. Our team is currently working with Durham County Schools on a new EdD cohort specifically for their staff.

Concordia University Irvine

Our Southern California partner, Concordia University Irvine (CUI) recently added a relationship with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). KTA helps future administrators, not only with the steps they need to enroll in the Administrative Licensure Program, but also helps them obtain their free membership in the association. This gives our partner program a competitive advantage over similar programs in the very competitive Los Angeles and orange County market.

This last year CUI responded to KTA feedback provided by local teachers looking for more accelerated options for a few of the online master’s degrees. We worked together to develop a one year option in both Curriculum & Instruction and the Educational Technology programs. This not only provided greater competitive options for the teachers, but also directly led to an increase in enrollment for these programs.

In LA and Orange County, union cooperation is the key to long term success. KTA has formal district relationships with many districts in California. Some of our most successful partnerships include Irvine, Tustin, Long Beach and LA unified. During the 2018-2019 school year we will be having 43 district meetings just in LA and Orange County, assessing needs and facilitating programs from our partner institution.

Belhaven University

One of the youngest partnerships for KTA services teachers in Mississippi with Belhaven University. After 3 short years we have already placed over 400 students into Belhaven programs as we develop the district and principal relationships that are going to be the foundation of long term success.

Following our first year in the partnership Belhaven began working with KTA to develop their first EdD program. KTA was able to provide direct input and advice directly from the many partners we currently have supplying our teachers with terminal programs and degrees. This includes suggestions on admissions criteria, faculty load balancing, best practices in course and program development and financial modeling and planning to insure success. Due to Belhaven’s commitment to developing a competitive program with student centered admission policies and practices, KTA was able to help 144 new students enroll in their EdD programs in the first year.

University of St. Thomas

University of St. Thomas - KTA has partnered with The University of St. Thomas (UST) in the Houston area for the past few years and experienced a great deal of success meeting the need of teachers in the area. Recently KTA approached UST about the lack of high quality Educational Diagnostician Programs for teachers in the San Antonio and Dallas metropolitan areas. This past fall we were able to identify 27 additional teachers that enrolled in these programs through our long standing district relationships in both of those markets. We are currently working to expand this program to even more districts across Texas.

In addition to the Ed Diag program currently being offered in Dallas and San Antonio, UST made a commitment to develop an Instructional/educational Technology program as well. After several semesters of input from teachers in the Houston area, we were able to provide UST with the program details teachers and principals in the area were interested in. This past fall KTA was able to help over 50 teachers move into this new program, making the collaboration with UST, one again, a success.

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