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|For Immediate Release
February 21, 2000
UNCA Teaching Fellows Return from
Recent Trip to San Francisco
In the San Francisco Unified School District, the largest ethnic group is Chinese-American, 28 percent of the population. Whites comprise only 12 percent of the district's students. In Chinatown, the North Carolinians visited an elementary school integrated not by the busing of African-American or white students, but busing Latino students into the Chinese-American neighborhood school.
The next day a visit to the Arts High School revealed a rainbow of talented students, including Filipinos, African-Americans, Latinos, Chinese-Americans and whites, reciting Shakespeare, playing jazz and painting abstracts.
"Exposing our students to successful inner-city schools that teach students from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds will better prepare them to deal creatively and effectively within the schools of North Carolina," noted Brenda Hopper, director of UNCA's Teaching Fellows program.
Of course, the UNCA students also had time to ride the cable cars, eat at Fisherman's Wharf and stroll among redwood trees in Muir Woods.
The Teaching Fellows were accompanied on their San Francisco trip by UNCA staff including Hopper; Tom Cochran, dean of faculty; Laura Facciponti, assistant professor of drama; Cathy Mitchell, professor of mass communication; Dwight Mullen, associate professor of political science; and Pat Snoyer, associate professor of drama.
Students awarded membership to the competitive North Carolina Teaching Fellows program have met high academic standards in high school. North Carolina high school seniors are eligible to apply for this $26,000 scholarship in the fall of their senior year. At UNCA, the scholarship funds nearly all of the college expenses, a trip to a large American city each January
and a special summer course in Cambridge, England. In return, recipients of the scholarship agree to teach in North Carolina schools for four years after graduation.
For more information about the Teaching Fellows Program at UNCA, contact Brenda Hopper, Teaching Fellows Program director, at 828/251-6901 or visit the website at www.unca.edu/tf.
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