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Thursday, 5th November 2009

Alliance Brief Examines Need To Reform Teacher Preparation Programs To Ensure That Students Meet High Expectations

Alliance Brief Examines Need To Reform Teacher Preparation Programs To Ensure That Students Meet High Expectations
Source: Alliance for Excellent Education

The Alliance for Excellent Education released a brief today that offers a new vision for secondary teacher preparation that ensures teacher candidates possess the critical skills necessary to make certain that all students graduate from high school ready for college and careers. The brief, funded by MetLife Foundation, also outlines how federal policy can support stronger teacher preparation.
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According to the brief, Teaching for a New World: Preparing High School Educators to Deliver College- and Career-Ready Instruction, educating all students to the high standards now required for success in college and careers requires a host of new skills that many secondary school teachers do not currently develop during pre-service preparation or in-service professional development. The brief identifies five critical areas for teachers to develop competency before they enter the classroom in order to be effective:

  • the ability to work with diverse learners, including special education students and English language learners;
  • the capacity to teach adolescent literacy skills regardless of the content area;
  • the ability to effectively use assessment and data to impact teaching and learning;
  • the ability to teach in specialized teaching environments, including urban and rural settings; and
  • the ability to convey content knowledge to students in an clear manner, tailored to the academic discipline.

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