Changes to the Student Te
As educators, we are concerned about the quality and quantity of applicants entering
the field of education. Our members have often been catalysts for innovative solutions
to the many challenges facing education. This is why we take an interest in the next
generation of educators and why we strive to improve their experience and offer support
as they transition from teacher candidate to classroom teacher.
In 1986, education school deans from the top universities developed a critical report that
attributed much of the blame for struggling public schools to the training that teachers
were receiving in college. Research reminds us that although we spend millions of dollars
and thousands of hours on teacher preparation courses, we do not have much evidence
justifying some of those requirements in Colleges of Education. Nor do policymakers
really know how to measure and define a successful teacher training program.