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Improving Educator Preparation

Business leaders have a tremendous opportunity to impact teacher quality in a transformative way. Advocating for a better preparation system will help teachers be more effective in their jobs, reinforcing efforts to ensure every child has access to a great teacher. Our policy toolkit is designed to give you a head start in advocating for a stronger teacher preparation system in your state.

Supply and demand.

Why do some urban districts struggle to find teachers who can be successful in their classrooms, while schools in the suburbs have 100 candidates for every vacancy? What if we’re solving for the wrong problem?

Clinical Experience.

preparation program should offer clinical experience that exposes teaching candidates to the students and challenges they will encounter in the districts and schools they are most likely to teach.

Consumer Driven.

Imagine you want to be a teacher and are deciding where to enroll for training. How would you select the right program, one that will prepare you to be successful with students?

 

Educator Prep Toolkit

As experts in human capital, workforce development, and labor markets, the business community is well-positioned to be champions for strengthening how teachers are trained. America Succeeds has identified three critical policy levers to achieve systemic improvements in educator preparation:

  1. Having smarter conversations about staffing needs so we can align teacher supply and demand.
  2. Ensuring every teacher participates in rigorous student-teaching experiences and demonstrates he or she can teach before being licensed for a classroom of his or her own.
  3. Providing meaningful performance information to the end-consumers of preparation programs – teachers-to-be and the districts that hire them – so they can make smart choices about which program will meet their needs.

These levers can only be pulled and activated through strong and effective advocacy, policy adoption, and careful implementation. In this Teacher Preparation Policy Toolkit you will find summaries of available research, advocacy one-pagers, business-centered principles for reform, exemplary models, a data collection guide, and a resource compendium focusing on the key policy levers.

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Collecting the Right Data

Teacher Preparation Policy Toolkit: Data Guide

 

 

 

 

 

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Improving Teacher Preparation

Guiding Principles for Business Leader Advocacy

 

 

 

 

 

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Aligning Supply & Demand

Teacher Preparation Policy Toolkit: Advocacy One-Pager

 

 

 

 

 

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Aligning Supply & Demand

Teacher Preparation Policy Toolkit: Research Summary

 

 

 

 

 

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Teacher Training & Development

Teacher Preparation Policy Toolkit: Advocacy One-Pager

 

 

 

 

 

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Teacher Training & Development

Teacher Preparation Policy Toolkit: Research Summary

 

 

 

 

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Consumer-Driven Teacher Prep

Teacher Preparation Policy Toolkit: Advocacy One-Pager

 

 

 

 

 

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Consumer-Driven Teacher Prep

Teacher Preparation Policy Toolkit: Research Summary

 

 

 

 

 

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Sources

Teacher Preparation Policy Toolkit