Prairie Area Teaching Initiative (PATI)

Forging Equity and Unity in Teacher Education

PATI students pose with Abraham Lincoln statue at the Abraham Lincoln Museum.
PATI visits the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum! (Spring 2019) Pictured L to R: Dr. Ronda Mitchell, Chrissy Brown, Destiny Rogers, Sydney Smith, and Grace Daniels.
PATI students stand in front of Abraham Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Abraham Lincoln Home National Historic Site. (Spring 2019)


PATI Mission

The mission of Prairie Area Teaching Initiative is to inspire and support aspiring teachers from historically marginalized populations.

What is PATI?

PATI is an initiative within the teacher education program that recruits first-generation students (first in their family to go to college) and students of diversity.

“PATI has given me the opportunity to follow my dream of becoming an educator and provided me with the priceless tools, tips, and support that I would not have received otherwise. PATI has also provided me with numerous opportunities to grow into the person and educator that I am today.” – Samantha Missey (2018 graduate)

Name Change Information

Prairie Area Teaching Initiative (PATI) is pleased to announce its new name as of Spring 2019.  It was formerly known as Project Midstate Student Support for Teaching (MSS).