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October 12, 2009

Duncan Has Harsh Words for Teacher Colleges

Education Secretary Arne Duncan had some pretty tough words for teacher colleges at a speech he gave at the Curry School of Education, in Charlottesville, Va., on Friday: "In far too many universities, education schools are the neglected stepchild. Often they don't attract the best students or fac...

October 05, 2009

Teacher 'Residencies' Get Federal Boost

Although it got a bit lost in all the commotion about this hearing, the Education Department made an important teacher-preparation announcement last week. The agency awarded $43 million in grants to improve preparation programs at 28 institutions. They're the first grants awarded under the retooled...

September 09, 2009

NCTQ Reviews Math-, Reading-Teacher Prep in 3 States

Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico get the National Council on Teacher Quality's green-eyeshade review of their teacher-preparation programs. The Washington-based group rates the programs on their degree of selectivity, exit standards, and how well they prepare teachers to teach reading and mathematics, ...

September 04, 2009

Indiana Licensure Overhaul Promotes Content, Alternative Routes

With all this wrangling over teacher effectiveness and the best ways to measure it, you'd be forgiven for thinking we'd all moved on from old teacher wars (traditional vs. alternative certification, content vs. pedagogy) to the new ones. Well, think again. In Indiana, the state's professional-stan...

August 31, 2009

Teachers' Colleges Left Out on 'Race to the Top'

An association of teacher colleges calls for the Obama administration to judge education programs by different standards as part of the "Race to the Top" guidelines.

August 31, 2009

Judging Alternative Routes: Test Scores or No?

Parsing the NEA's comments on Race to the Top.

August 19, 2009

Teacher Training Needs Heavier Focus on ELLs

That's the subtext of this must-read blog item by colleague Mary Ann Zehr over at Learning the Language. Zehr profiles this GAO report, which found that many teacher training programs devote at least one course to techniques for working with students with disabilities, but far fewer—about one ...

July 22, 2009

Master's Degrees in Education: A Better Way?

There are times when you know a story is going to upset a lot of people, such as this one I wrote this week on the cost of paying teachers more for earning master's degrees in education. Read the comments for a taste of the reaction, which ranges from anger (i.e., "The studies that show this are bun...

July 16, 2009

Cal State Inaugurates New Teacher-Training Initiative

from guest blogger Lesli A. Maxwell Leaders at California State University, which trains a whopping 70 percent of the state's teachers, are launching a new effort to prepare their teacher candidates to work in the most challenging school environments. To do that, the ambitiously-named CSU Center to...

December 08, 2008

New Teacher Project Scores High in Louisiana Study

The New Teacher Project is considered by many to be one of the best alternative teacher- preparation routes out there today. But there have been very few studies so far that demonstrate the effectiveness of the teachers it prepares. Now, new data in Louisiana show that TNTP teachers outperform begi...

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