The Smart Teachers As Role Models (STAR) program focuses on providing a leadership development co-curriculum for students in a teacher education program at the University of Michigan-Flint. The goal of the program is to address substantial educational inequities within the elementary and secondary schools of Genesee County.
The STAR Program design complements the existing formal teaching education and certification programs within the institution with the addition of key affective programmatic elements including:
- required weekly seminars
- personal development
- academic advising
- assignment of coaches
- leadership development
- standardized testing preparation
- conference attendance
- participation in professional teacher organizations
- classroom field experiences
STAR Program students are exposed to local school personnel through their participation in service learning placements and banquet, cohort meetings, community service, volunteer activities, and a STAR Summer Institute. STAR Program students participate in school-based activities as mentors, presenters, aides and tutors. Through these educational experiences, STAR Program students initiate continuous interaction and mentorship with the school districts they will eventually serve after graduation.