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Ms. Jackie Bryant
Director of Teacher Opportunity Collaborative Programs
The Teacher Opportunity Corps Program was enacted by the New York State Legislature in 1987 to "enhance the preparation of teachers and prospective teachers in addressing the learning needs of students at risk of truancy, academic failure, or dropping out of school; and to increase the participation rate of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged individuals in teaching careers." (New York State Education Department Website)
In the 2008-2009 school year, Nazareth College was one of 14 TOC sites around New York.
Between 1989 and 2008 Nazareth College's Teacher Opportunity Corps produced:
122 TOC graduates with a Masters of Science in Education
- 111 African Americans
- 9 Hispanic Americans
- 1 Vietnamese American
- 1 Indian American
More than 98 percent of TOC graduates continue working in urban education, as teachers and administrators. Compare this with the average urban teacher retention rate of only 50 percent after three years.
The TOC program has increased the diversity of Rochester City School District teachers, created positive learning communities in high need schools, increased school attendance rates and decreased school suspension rates.