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Preparing Effective Teachers

Teach Plus | Posted 02.11.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

By Nicole Thorpe Like so many teachers, when I first entered the classroom, I believed that I would be effective. Then I met Mohammed, and Jose, and...

What Do Finland and Teach for America Have in Common?

Teach Plus | Posted 02.12.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Education schools in the U.S. should adopt a similar methodology for selecting teacher candidates as Finland and Teach for America. When two such distinct programs demonstrate above-average results, we should take notice. Revamping the way we select our teachers can play a big role in ensuring that we are placing a high-quality educator in front of every student in America.

Real Change Needed to Address Critical Challenges in Teacher Prep

Arthur E. Levine | Posted 02.02.2015 | Education
Arthur E. Levine

The vast majority of schools of education currently are not operating at the levels necessary to ensure a strong pipeline of well-prepared, excellent educators, particularly those becoming teachers of record in high-need schools.

Arne and Barack Target Schools of Education

Alan Singer | Posted 01.28.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Congress is Republican. ISIS is on the march. Common Core and high-stakes testing are under attack. The Affordable Health Care Act may be torpedoed by the Supreme Court. Arne Duncan and Barack Obama evidently need a softer opponent to pad their legacy. The hapless Knicks were probably not available for a pick-up basketball game.

We Need More Great Teachers

Matt Kramer | Posted 01.06.2015 | Education
Matt Kramer

We believe there is a tremendous amount that we can all do to ensure more individuals see this as the most critical and rewarding path they can take.

States Slow To Shut Down Weak Teacher Education Programs

edweek | Stephen Sawchuk | Posted 01.02.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Week, where it was originally published. When Michigan officials suspended six teacher education progr...

More People With Higher SAT Scores Are Going Into Teaching, Says Study

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics

New York state parents and students rejoice: A new study says the academic ability of new teachers in the state has risen substantially in recent year...

Our Students Can't Wait; The Time To Revise Teacher Prep is Now

Teach Plus | Posted 01.31.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

By Claire Steinbeck When I completed pre-service training to become a teacher through the DC Teaching Fellows program, I performed well on rubrics ...

Joy Resmovits

Teacher Training Is A Ridiculously Easy Way To Ace College, Report Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

Majoring in education is an easy route to high college grades and graduation, says a new report that calls for higher standards in teacher preparation...

Moving Toward Better Teachers Begins With Better Teacher Preparation

Arthur E. Levine | Posted 12.29.2014 | Education
Arthur E. Levine

Much attention is paid to related topics such as teacher tenure, due process, salaries, and external factors such as poverty. But not nearly enough focus is paid to teacher education and what it really takes to prepare a truly excellent teacher for the challenges of today's classrooms.

Preparing Future Educators: The Right Training as Foundation

Teach Plus | Posted 10.25.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Marisol Castillo During my first year as a teacher, when every day left me feeling spent, a veteran educator described overcoming challenges in t...

Preparing Tomorrow's Global Education Teachers

Ed Gragert | Posted 09.27.2014 | Education
Ed Gragert

Part of global competence is an awareness of the issues facing individuals around the world in order to better interact with these individuals with understanding and empathy, creating a global culture of peace, economic prosperity and security.

Room to Grow for Teacher Prep

TNTP | Posted 08.19.2014 | Education
TNTP

If last year is any indication, this will stir up a great deal of controversy among preparation programs and the policymakers who approve and regulate them--but it's the right conversation to have on a critical issue.

Examining Teacher Preparation...A View from the Classroom

Teach Plus | Posted 08.17.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Erin Lane The word preparation implies something finite - I have prepared this meal, now eat it. In preparing children for life, I'm less of a ...

Signing Off from One More Teacher Preparation Ranking

Robert C. Pianta | Posted 08.17.2014 | Education
Robert C. Pianta

It has become increasingly clear that NCTQ ratings and rankings are but one more compliance activity, like accreditation, foisted on teacher preparation programs. The activity takes valuable faculty and staff time away from real work with real students.

Joy Resmovits

How Teacher Prep Programs Are Failing New Teachers -- And Your Kids

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

As education policymakers untangle the implications of last week's California court ruling that declared teacher tenure laws unconstitutional, an educ...

Time for a Seismic Shift in How We Prepare and Support Teachers

Ellen Moir | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Ellen Moir

No matter our views on education reform, there are some things we can all agree on. We need an education system that empowers our students and teachers to make this possible -- and we are not there yet.

Rebecca Klein

Millennials Have Pretty Depressing Things To Say About Teachers

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

If American teachers are anywhere near as unimpressive as ambitious Millennials perceive them to be, then the state of public school education is quit...

Regulations That Walk the Walk

TNTP | Posted 06.29.2014 | Education
TNTP

On Friday, the federal Education Department (ED) announced its intent to issue new regulations to change how it oversees, regulates and funds tea...

Focusing On a Fast Start

TNTP | Posted 05.26.2014 | Education
TNTP

By Karolyn Belcher This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. When I was a school leader, I always tried to minimize the number of new t...

Why Teaching Needs to Be a Career, Not Just a Career Starter

Nicole M. Gillespie, Ph.D. | Posted 04.14.2014 | Education
Nicole M. Gillespie, Ph.D.

True, some teachers are shooting stars, combining natural talent with youthful energy to provide a few years of dynamic and compelling classroom instruction. Even among the most ambitious Ivy-League 20-somethings, though, such stars are relatively rare.

The Call to Teach: The Role of Technology

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.13.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

As far back as 2004, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, or NCATE, outlined technology standards to help support educator...

The Call to Teach: Multicultural Education

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.11.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

America's "melting pot" status is one that most citizens are proud to claim. The fact that people here often refer to themselves as one ethnicity or a...

Is Teacher Education the Real Problem?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.27.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Last month seven U.S. states announced intentions to revamp teacher-preparation and licensing requirements that essentially make it tougher to become ...

Disrupting College 2.0

Dr. Carol E. Quillen | Posted 12.08.2013 | College
Dr. Carol E. Quillen

New technologies offer unprecedented opportunities to redefine our role in addressing the range of challenges that we as human beings face. It is our obligation to take up this call for the benefit of our students and our world.