Teaching the Teachers

States Slow to Close Faltering Ed. Schools

Six education programs at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., shown above, were suspended in 2012 for performance reasons. A 50-state Education Week analysis finds that closures of teacher-preparation programs are relatively rare.
—Lake Superior State University-File

States have generally been reluctant to shut down or suspend education schools and programs, bypassing a powerful but little-recognized policy lever, according to an Education Week analysis. December 16, 2014 - Education Week

Standards Pose Teacher-Prep Challenge

Response to the common core by teacher-preparation institutions runs the gamut from embrace to uncertainty and even resistance. This story was part of the Education Week special report, Common Core in Action. April 23, 2014 - Education Week

For-Profits Dominate Market for Online Teacher Prep

Virtual programs are perhaps the fastest-growing sector of teacher preparation. Brick-and-mortar institutions, such as the University of Southern California, are increasingly getting into the action, as well as startups. October 8, 2013 - Education Week

Diversity at Issue as States Weigh Teacher Entry

States look to raise the entry bar on teaching programs, but worry about the prospects for black and Latino candidates. May 8, 2013 - Education Week

Teacher-Prep Programs Zero In on Effective 'Practice'

The Match Teacher Residency is one of a small number of programs that train aspiring teachers for the classroom through practice. March 25, 2013 - Education Week

Colleges Overproducing Elementary Teachers, Data Find

An Education Week review of state data suggests the number of teachers at the elementary level outstrips available jobs. January 23, 2013 - Education Week

Better Teacher-Candidate Mentoring Targeted

To improve the student-teaching experience, teacher education programs are taking more care in picking and guiding "cooperating" teachers. November 26, 2012 - Education Week

About This Series
In this series, Education Week examines some of the opportunities and obstacles faced by teacher colleges as they work to upgrade their training, with a particular emphasis on how teacher education is structured and regulated.

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