Developing New Teacher Educators

A new brief from Education First outlines what teacher educators do and how they can be supported in their practice. To give all students great educational opportunities, we need outstanding teachers in our classrooms. But we can’t forget that, when participating in teacher preparation programs and professional development, teachers are students themselves-and they also need Read more about Developing New Teacher Educators[…]

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State School Chiefs Offer ‘Playbook’ on Improving Teacher Preparation

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has released Transforming Educator Preparation: Lessons Learned from Leading States, a playbook offering specific steps states can take to improve educator preparation. In 2012, CCSSO released Our Responsibility, Our Promise, boldly challenging state education leaders to raise expectations and strengthen policies to better prepare teachers before they Read more about State School Chiefs Offer ‘Playbook’ on Improving Teacher Preparation[…]

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America Needs More Teachers of Color and a More Selective Teaching Profession

Recently the Center for American Progress released an article exploring the diversity and talent of the American teacher workforce. Excerpts appear below:   This report examines the case for making candidate diversity and ability equally important criteria in the recruitment and selection of teachers. Looking at available evidence, the report shows that rigorous recruitment and Read more about America Needs More Teachers of Color and a More Selective Teaching Profession[…]

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Teacher Education Reform Now

In their new report, New Colleges of Education – A Path for Going from Concept to Reality, Education Reform Now (ERN) proposes that a new type of teacher education accreditor, not dependent on schools of education and their personnel but instead on the employers of graduates from schools of education and teacher preparation programs, should Read more about Teacher Education Reform Now[…]

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Using Data to Improve Teacher Prep

Every student, no matter where he or she lives, deserves a great teacher. States, educator preparation programs (EPPs), and K–12 leaders must work together to ensure that all teachers are learner ready on day one in the classroom. But too often, these actors do not have access to the necessary information to fully prepare teachers Read more about Using Data to Improve Teacher Prep[…]

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September Issue Brief: The American Teacher

It is back to school time, and children everywhere are being asked, “Who is your teacher this year?” In this month’s issue brief from Core Education, we explore the data to offer a profile of the American teacher. The demographics of the American educator workforce has changed over the past 25 years, with the ranks Read more about September Issue Brief: The American Teacher[…]

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Fostering a New Approach to Research on Teacher Preparation

We know that students learn more when they receive high-quality instruction. We also have findings suggesting that some teacher preparation programs produce graduates that are more capable than others. These two pieces of evidence have led many teacher educators, researchers, and stakeholders to conclude that we need better studies of activities and experiences that are Read more about Fostering a New Approach to Research on Teacher Preparation[…]

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Mentors for New Teachers Found to Boost Student Achievement—by a Lot

The final results from a U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) analysis has found that the New Teacher Center’s teacher induction model increases student learning by up to five months. These third-party evaluation results show that the NTC induction model yields statistically significant gains in student learning. The teacher induction model increases student Read more about Mentors for New Teachers Found to Boost Student Achievement—by a Lot[…]

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June Issue Brief: Clinically-Based Teacher Preparation

In the past, it was common for teacher candidates to spend long hours in university classrooms before ever encountering a child. Student teaching was the ultimate capstone where prospective teachers finally had a chance to apply years of accumulated theory. Now, however, teacher preparation programs are reconfiguring themselves to infuse clinical- and practice-based experiences in Read more about June Issue Brief: Clinically-Based Teacher Preparation[…]

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Borrowing Teacher Preparation Ideas from Top-Performing Countries

Ben Jensen of the The National Center on Education and the Economy examines how the U.S. can improve teacher preparation by learning from Finland, Japan, Shanghai and Hong Kong and how these top-performing countries prepare teachers for the classroom. These four systems arm teachers with a rich understanding of the subject areas they will teach and Read more about Borrowing Teacher Preparation Ideas from Top-Performing Countries[…]

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Can Teacher Residencies Help With Shortages?

At a recent meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA), The Learning Policy Institute presented findings from a comprehensive study of teacher residencies across the nation. There are currently approximately 50 such programs. The best include the following key characteristics: Strong district/university partnerships Coursework about teaching and learning tightly integrated with clinical practice Full-year Read more about Can Teacher Residencies Help With Shortages?[…]

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Landscape in Secondary Teacher Preparation

The National Council on Teacher Quality has followed its study of undergraduate elementary teacher preparation programs with a new study focused on secondary teacher preparation,  Landscape in Teacher Preparation:  Undergraduate Secondary Education. Since rules and procedures for selectivity in admissions, student teaching, and classroom management cut across teacher prep programs at an institution, whether preparing Read more about Landscape in Secondary Teacher Preparation[…]

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Great Districts for Great Teachers

Eight school districts just became the nation’s first-ever Great Districts for Great Teachers. This new honor, developed by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), recognizes districts for their exceptional programs and policies on recruiting, encouraging, supporting, and retaining great teachers. The winners are: Boston Public Schools; Broward County Public Schools; Denver Public Schools; District Read more about Great Districts for Great Teachers[…]

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Starting Strong

A new report, Starting Strong: How to Improve Teachers’ Entry into the Profession, from the Center for American Progress explores the challenges facing inexperienced teachers’ entry into teaching, highlights some of the early outcomes of model programs, and proposes an expansion of supported entry programs for prospective and new teachers. Excerpts appear below: When a Read more about Starting Strong[…]

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Free Microcrentials for High School Students Preparing to become Teachers

As high school students who are preparing to become teachers develop teaching skills, they deserve recognition for their growth. Micro-credentials (or digital badges) are performance-based assessments that allow rising educators to showcase their growing skills. EdRising offers five free micro-credentials in the following topic areas: Anti-bias Instruction Classroom Culture Collaboration Formative Assessment Learner Engagement Each Read more about Free Microcrentials for High School Students Preparing to become Teachers[…]

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Landscapes in Teacher Prep: Undergraduate Elementary Education

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has released new ratings for 875 undergraduate elementary teacher preparation programs. The latest Teacher Prep Review found evidence that the nation’s top programs–those that graduate teachers well versed in both evidence-based content and methods of teaching–are not all the nation’s best known elite universities, but include Purdue University, Read more about Landscapes in Teacher Prep: Undergraduate Elementary Education[…]

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