To the Editor:
I write to correct inaccuracies in Margot Miller’s April 24 letter to the editor. Brown has a long and strong tradition of collaborating with Providence public schools. Our teacher preparation programs are one important component of this work, which also includes volunteer engagement through the Swearer Center for Public Service, enrollment in Brown Summer High School, STEM mentoring and college scholarship support for Providence high school graduates. The decision to suspend the elementary track of the Master of Arts in Teaching program is intended to ensure that we are able to continue to prepare educators with the knowledge and skills to make a difference in our schools, right here in Providence and across the globe.
Brown is also supporting SummerPrep in the year ahead. We have met with the program’s leadership to discuss options for ensuring that the program can continue this summer so Providence students will continue to benefit from the valuable learning opportunity. The University will fund the educators needed for this year and will continue to engage with SummerPrep as our MAT program review and planning evolves.
Richard Locke P’18