Tag Archives: teacher preparation

Bringing Paraprofessionals to the Front of the Classroom

Bringing Paraprofessionals to the Front of the Classroom

By Amy Auletto Paraprofessionals, also referred to as teacher’s aides, classroom assistants, and more colloquially as parapros or paras, have become an indispensible resource in our schools. While these individuals once only performed basic duties like lunchroom monitoring and copying papers for teachers, paraprofessionals now frequently serve in instructional roles, providing direct services to students.… Read More »

Let’s Lower the Bar to Enter the Teaching Profession

Let’s Lower the Bar to Enter the Teaching Profession

This week, the Teacher Quality Blog examines one side of a contentious debate on whether or not the requirements to enter the teaching profession should be raised or lowered. In case you missed it, here’s last week’s piece titled “Let’s Raise the Bar to Enter the Teaching Profession,” which examines the other side of this… Read More »

Let’s Raise the Bar to Enter the Teaching Profession

Let’s Raise the Bar to Enter the Teaching Profession

This week, the Teacher Quality Blog examines one side of a contentious debate on whether or not the requirements to enter the teaching profession should be raised or lowered. Look for next week’s piece, titled “Let’s Lower the Bar to Enter the Teaching Profession,” which examines the other side of this issue. By Amy Auletto… Read More »

Preparing Teachers for Middle School

Preparing Teachers for Middle School

By Amy Auletto Middle school is a challenging time for young people. Adolescents straddle the line between childhood and adulthood, struggling to assert their independence and form their identities while also still relying on parents and other adults. The brains of middle school students develop rapidly, but it is not until age 25 that the… Read More »

Are Teacher Preparation Programs the Smartest Investment We Can Make?

Are Teacher Preparation Programs the Smartest Investment We Can Make?

By Amy Auletto Undergraduate elementary teacher programs have made progress recently, but still have room for improvement according to a recent report released by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). NCTQ examined 875 university-based teacher education programs and found that there have been improvements in a number of areas. More programs now include research-supported… Read More »

More Evidence Points Towards the Importance of Teachers of Color

More Evidence Points Towards the Importance of Teachers of Color

By Amy Auletto A recent study published in the academic journal Educational Researcher has found that all students, regardless of their own background, tend to prefer Latino and black teachers to white teachers. New York University researchers Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng and Peter F. Halpin analyzed survey responses from over 50,000 students in grades 6-9 to… Read More »

MSU’s Education Policy Center to Host Conference on Teacher Preparation

MSU’s Education Policy Center to Host Conference on Teacher Preparation

By Dave Reid The Education Policy Center (EPC) at Michigan State University (MSU) will host a one-day conference on teacher preparation Friday April 22nd.  The conference, titled “The Changing Face of Teacher Preparation: Aspirations, Design, and Evidence”, will feature speakers including William Schmidt (MSU), Sarah Reckhow (MSU), and Suzanne Wilson (University of Connecticut). For a… Read More »

Teacher Preparation Programs and Graduate Accountability

Teacher Preparation Programs and Graduate Accountability

By Dave Reid In a recent post on Education Week Michigan State University (MSU) professors Dr. Corey Drake and Dr. Terry Flennaugh voiced their concerns over equity problems with new teacher preparation program (TPP) accountability measures. Other scholars have also weighed in, voicing their opinions on how recent legislation may impact TPPs, with a particular… Read More »