Giving school districts a competitive advantage

Introducing a new partnership opportunity to address your school's teacher shortage

Davenport University is invested in developing a teacher pipeline for school districts throughout Michigan by preparing teachers and administrators to teach and lead in urban schools. That’s why we’re partnering with school districts to help advance their educators while attracting and retaining high-performing talent.

Through the Urban Education Partner Program, participating school districts have the ability to offer access to Davenport’s flexible education degree pathways, urban education scholarships and expert urban education faculty – all at significant savings.

School districts that are interested in partnering with Davenport for this great program may contact the College of Urban Education directly at

Future Proud Michigan Educator — Grow Your Own grant opportunity 

What's next?

Congratulations on your recent funding award through the Future Proud Michigan Educator (Future PME) initiative. Davenport University is excited for the opportunity to provide certification and/or additional endorsements to develop new educators and, ultimately, reduce teacher shortages throughout the state of Michigan. Together we can transform the landscape of urban education, meeting the unique educational demands of K-12 urban classrooms.

Davenport University prides itself on offering support to students throughout the education journey. That support begins today. Click here to learn about Davenport’s application process.  

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Davenport faculty have nearly 30 years of experience as educators

What is the Urban Education Partner Program?

School systems interested in this program will sign a memorandum of understanding and work collaboratively with Davenport to encourage students, employees and parents to pursue an urban education degree.

Each partner school district will be eligible for 75 $12,000 undergraduate degree scholarships and 75 $7,000 graduate degree scholarships. Individuals are eligible for a scholarship if they have not attended Davenport University as a student in the past 12 months.

Why partner with Davenport University?

Davenport University’s College of Urban Education promotes equity, creativity and opportunity for all children. The success of Davenport's Urban Education Partner Program is reliant on close collaboration between the university and the partner schools.

Together we can transform the landscape of urban education, meeting the unique educational demands of K-12 urban classrooms. Our College of Urban Education offers master’s, bachelor’s and certificate programs to support career goals for both teaching and leading in urban schools. Take advantage of the Urban Education Partner Scholarships, a partner school advantage to help develop teachers and leaders with deep expertise in K-12 instruction while learning culturally responsive teaching strategies.

Experience the Davenport difference:

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Urban Education Partner Scholarships

For members of a partner school, Davenport is making it easier than ever to gain a degree in urban education. Each scholarship may be awarded up to 25 employees, 25 students and 25 student's parents.


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Happy educators stick around

A partnership will improve employee satisfaction, motivation and morale – all of which lead to an increase in retention.


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Help K-12 students succeed academically

Delivering an equitable education leads to increases in engagement and performance, and, ultimately, higher academic achievement.

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Save district employees time and money

Partnering with Davenport helps school district employees grow professionally, without the added burden – enabling them to be dedicated employees and a student.

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Improve educators’ knowledge and abilities

For more than 150 years, Davenport has been helping individuals advance their knowledge, skills and abilities to excel in the workforce. Employees will gain skills that promote equity, creativity and opportunity for all children.


*Scholarships apply to new students who have not attended Davenport University in the past 12 months. Scholarships are prorated and applied against published tuition rates for Davenport University's urban education teaching degrees (excluding the graduate leadership degrees and programs).

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