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Better Preparation Needed for High School Teachers, Report Says

By Catherine Gewertz — November 03, 2009 1 min read
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The need for better teacher training is widely discussed and debated. Now a new report urges specific types of preparation for those aspiring to teach at the high school level.

The study, issued today by the Alliance for Excellent Education, calls for teacher candidates to be better trained in adolescent literacy and in content-specific pedagogy.

Those are the only two recommendations in the report, though, that are specific to high school. The rest—such as the need for better training in the use of data—could apply as easily to teachers of lower grades. According to the report’s author, Marcy Miller, that’s because there is little research about what types of preparation are most needed at the high school level.

UPDATE: Check out our story on the report.

Please chime in: Does training for pre-service high school teachers need to change, and if so, how?

A version of this news article first appeared in the High School Connections blog.