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Frequently Asked Questions

Purpose Statement

Duquesne University's School of Education would like to continue in the tradition of providing valuable opportunities that are worthwhile for the surrounding community.  Our Pittsburgh Emerging Leaders Academy (PELA) & Courageous Conversations are examples of how Duquesne University has made successful strides forward working with the Pittsburgh Public School Community.  The Tomorrow’s Urban Teacher’s Program is a new Initiative at Duquesne University that works with urban community schools.

What is the Sizemore Pipeline Initiative – Tomorrow’s Urban Teachers Program (TUT)?

Barbara A. Sizemore was a pioneering educator who worked diligently to bring equal access and educational opportunities to African American and under-served students of all ethnicities. The Sizemore Pipeline Initiative: Tomorrow’s Urban Teachers Program supports the school community at large by creating a Mentoring Partnership with the urban school community to facilitate high academic achievement and to help students envision future careers in teaching.

Where are the Tomorrow’s Urban Programs (TUT) located?

Tomorrow’s Urban Teacher Program does research on the demographics and achievement of the urban school populations. Schools chosen to partner with the program have diverse student enrollment and academic achievement lower than the national average. TUT has chosen to pilot its first program at Pittsburgh Langley High School.   Pittsburgh Langley High School is an ideal location because of its active Teaching Academy.  The TUT program will compliment and supplement the teachers curriculum with an emphasis on students becoming Pittsburgh PROMISE Ready.

What kinds of services does the Tomorrow’s Urban Teacher Program (TUT) offer?

The Tomorrow’s Urban Teacher’s Program provides a multifaceted approach to getting students excited about excelling in their studies and realizing their career potential for becoming excellent classroom teachers.  The TUT Program has two (2) components:  In-School and Out-of-School.  Both components of the TUT program have the benefits of sharing the expertise of educators and teacher candidates in training from Duquesne University, as well as support from business leaders from the corporate community. 

During the high school years, the In-School Component of TUT will provide a series of monthly activities, including speakers that will cover topics ranging from teacher career development to leadership development, professionalism and study skills for increased academic achievement.  Participating students will build confidence in their ability to excel, knowing that they have a support system in place and an ultimate career goal, which is TEACHING.

In the summer months the Out–of-School Component will give students an opportunity to visit the Duquesne University campus.  During this campus visit, students may:

  • shadow a teacher or a University teaching candidate,
  • attend professional career development workshops,
  • have exposure to the Urban Initiative College Course Offerings,
  • network with Duquesne University School of Education College mentors,
  •  obtain information on college financial aid to supplement Pittsburgh Promise dollars,
  • learn about support programs on campus for new students,
  • accompany Sizemore Fellow Scholars and make a presentation at the Sizemore Summer Mini-Conference.

What skills & abilities will a student develop while in the TUT Program?

Students will participate in activities to develop a number of competencies, ranging from cultural literacies to social responsibility and professionalism and specific competencies such as communication, information gathering, decision making and evaluation techniques. These skills are essential for students who want to pursue higher education after high school. 

How can students participate in the Tomorrow’s Urban Teacher’s Program?

Students must be enrolled as a 9th or 10th grader in a partnering TUT School  & maintain 2.5 grade point average.

Participants should have a career interest in becoming an urban teacher &  Sizemore Pipeline Program, Growing Our Own Next Generation of Urban Teachers.

Pipeline participants will take advantage of the following activities:

  • Mentoring/Tutoring/Scholarship/Partnership with a nearby urban Middle School to facilitate high academic achievement and vision for a future career as an urban school teacher.
  • Focus: Preparing Jr. High School students as the next generation of excellent urban teachers. We will grow our own future candidates for our urban teacher education program, who will return to the community as practicing teachers.
  • Youth Leadership Program & Cross-Age Tutoring program.