The UCI Teacher Academy provides a home for teachers and school leaders to develop and enhance their professional practice and inspire and lead others in transforming instruction. We see practitioners as the agents of change for improving educational opportunities – and educational systems broadly – for youth. We seek to leverage and advance research on teaching and teacher development, and provide opportunities for teachers and school leaders to generate and inform research and practice. These efforts are in service of providing more equitable, socially just, and meaningful classroom experiences, particularly for students from underserved communities, that can lead to equitable educational outcomes.
We draw on the expertise of researchers and practitioners in the Center for Educational Partnerships and School of Education to advance this mission. These include the California Subject Matter Partnerships, as well as teacher educators and researchers in the School of Education, and across the university, who are committed to improving the lives of youth through education. We value and nurture collaborative relationships between educators to create a dynamic learning space to improve educational opportunities for K-12 students in the greater Orange County community.