Quest for Excellence

teacher and children working with LegosThe Association of Teacher Educators honored the UH College of Education’s comprehensive program, QUEST (Quality Urban Education for Students and Teachers), as the 2007 Distinguished Program in Teacher Education. The award recognizes collaborations between local education agencies and higher education institutions in program development and administration. QUEST prepares teachers for urban schools by emphasizing school-based experiences, mentoring and evaluation, and the use of technology. Students learn about urban schools and teaching at-risk students by working in partnership with UH colleges, community programs, and thirty-five Houston-area school districts. More than 200 prospective teachers enroll in the program each year and can be recommended for teacher certification upon completion. Other education-related accolades include Continuing Education’s Distinguished Non-Credit Program Award for its Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., Accelerated Learning English-as-a-Second-Language program; and KUHT-TV, HoustonPBS’ national communicator awards honoring creative excellence in communication for its educational programs and news reports.