For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 280-8771


Touro University California’s Graduate School of Education awarded grant for Teacher Preparation

Awarded a $300,000 Gates Foundation funded US PREP Program Grant 

Vallejo, CA (January 9, 2020): Touro University California’s (TUC’s) Graduate School of Education (GSOE) was recently awarded $300,000 over the course of three years to participate in a Gates Foundation funded US PREP program, joining over 20 prestigious Schools of Education across the country. Additional funding will provide personnel to support this initiative within the Vallejo City Unified School District.  In addition, GSOE will be afforded opportunities to attend workshops throughout the country with US PREP partners. 

Through a 3-year process, the Graduate School of Education will transform its Teacher Preparation Program to become a community based and district integrated model that produces community-focused, high quality, diverse teachers. GSOE will partner with Vallejo City Unified School District beginning with the hiring process through retention, as well as share data sets, and align systems to create strong retention of newly prepared teachers in the district. The goal over the next few years is to develop this pilot and extend the model to the many other districts we serve, completing the transformation of our program, approach, and partnerships. 

The University-School Partnerships for the Renewal of Educator Preparation (US PREP) National Center is a comprehensive, multi-organizational collaborative with the mission of attracting, training and retaining high quality, racially diverse teachers for underserved communities across the country. More information can be found at

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro has 35 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Illinois, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: