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July 16, 2018
Mentors matter: Good teaching really can be passed down to student teachers, new research finds
Do student teachers learn more when they’re mentored by an effective teacher? The answer may seem obvious, but there’s been little research confirming as much—until now.
July 10, 2018
With Man Up, a new Memphis teacher prep program is training, mentoring men of color
Patrick Washington has teaching in his blood. Washington’s great-great-grandfather, Richard Adkins, was born a slave in Marshall County, Mississippi. After…
June 4, 2018
A teacher prep program that really works? This one is successfully minting math and science educators
New peer-reviewed research on the program, known as UTeach, shows that its teachers performed substantially better in the classroom than other teachers in Texas.
February 28, 2018
‘Personalized learning’ comes to teacher training, bringing big ambitions and big questions
A well-funded new teacher preparation program, which emphasizes getting teacher to master certain skills, may influence teacher education in the years ahead.
January 25, 2018
University of Memphis, Shelby County Schools forge new partnership to address teacher shortage
The college announces plans to launch its Urban Education Teacher Prep program by fall of 2019 under new dean Kandi Hill-Clarke.
January 16, 2018
Tennessee’s mediocre teacher training programs prompt ‘interventions’ with university presidents
Armed with sobering data, state officials meet with top brass at universities where programs have grown out of touch with the needs of K-12 classrooms.
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June 28, 2017
Tennessee taps high-profile school superintendent as deputy ed commissioner
Kingsport City Schools Superintendent Lyle Ailshie will be the state’s new deputy education commissioner.
May 8, 2017
Wanted: Millennials to teach in Tennessee
The advocacy group known as SCORE kicks off a campaign to recruit young people to high-needs schools in both rural and urban districts.
April 6, 2017
Expecting to lose half of its teachers in the next decade, Tennessee seeks to strengthen its pipeline
The state doesn't have a statewide teacher shortage, but it does lack teachers with specific licensure and in certain regions.
October 18, 2016
Tennessee teacher prep programs can do better to ready teachers for Day One, report says
Only a handful of Tennessee’s 40 teacher preparation programs are adequately preparing new teachers to improve student achievement, says a SCORE report.
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September 21, 2016
One year on the ground in Memphis, Relay builds niche by getting aspiring teachers in the classroom early
Relay Graduate School of Education is among alternative teacher prep programs gaining momentum and legitimacy, but also drawing criticism from the establishment.
August 18, 2016
Growing need for stronger teachers in needier classrooms gets look from Tennessee lawmakers
Tennessee kids most in need of good teaching are often missing out — a growing concern as state officials try to come up with a plan.
August 2, 2016
Home visits help Memphis teachers know their students before the first bell rings
Teacher training at Memphis Delta Prep includes early home visits with families and students who will attend the K-4 charter school opening in August.
July 27, 2016
Two Nashville teacher residencies selected to partner with national center
New teacher residencies through Project Renaissance and Belmont University receive support from the National Center for Teacher Residencies.
July 20, 2016
Meet the former teacher who helps steer Tennessee’s education policy
As executive director of the State Board of Education, Sara Heyburn talks with Chalkbeat about what the board does and Tennessee education policy priorities.
July 19, 2016
Rhodes College joins teacher training pipeline for Memphis schools
After almost 100 years of educating college students in the heart of Memphis, Rhodes College is about to become the city’s newest official teacher of future teachers.
July 18, 2016
Teacher prep needs to change. Here are some starters, say Tennessee leaders
After years of focusing on academic standards, testing and evaluations, education leaders are giving teacher preparation a fresh look in Tennessee.
July 7, 2016
As Teach for America prepares its Nashville recruits, conversations turn to police shootings
The new head of TFA Greater Nashville is trying to create more teachers who understand the area — and want to stay in the classroom.
March 3, 2016
Rural teachers bill gets scaled back but survives first committee test
A slimmed-down proposal to improve recruitment and retention of teachers in rural districts was passed 6-3 by the Senate Education Committee Thursday.
September 23, 2015
Combined residency programs promise a ‘deep bench’ of teachers for Colorado
In its first year, 130 teachers-in-residence will enroll in the joint program. The program should grow to 150 by the 2016-2017 school year.
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September 8, 2015
On day one, how six educators planned, worried, and geared up for a new year
Gary Cruz is working out how to teach literacy in algebra class. Zaileen Washington hopes her classes help in the 'real world.' Sara McCarthy's recipe: one day at a time.
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August 18, 2015
Best of 2015: Why is there no teacher shortage in New York City?
As other states scramble, a longstanding teacher surplus and steady student enrollment mean that just one in three teacher-prep graduates is able to land a job in New York.
January 6, 2015
Report finds mismatch of minority students, teachers
Only 10 percent of Colorado teachers are minorities, while 43 percent of state students belong to minority groups, a new report has found.
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November 11, 2014
Metro State’s new education dean: Fund ed schools on quality, not quantity, of teachers
The dean of Metro's new education school talks Common Core, assessments, and what teachers need to know before they start on the first day.
February 13, 2014
Rise & Shine: On pre-K, Cuomo plays the “inequality” card on de Blasio
October 16, 2012
Department of Education wants the state to let it certify teachers
If the Department of Education gets its way, new teachers won't have to enroll in local colleges or universities to get certification to work in city schools. Shael Polakow-Suransky, the department's second in command, said today that the department would ask the state for permission to certify teachers internally by using top educators to train new recruits in shortage areas. Currently, teachers must either have completed an education certification program at a college or university or be enrolled in one. Traditional teacher preparation programs have not produced enough special education or science teachers to fill the city's needs, Polakow-Suransky said. Reforms to the way students with disabilities are served this year have pushed the city to offer current teachers an incentive to take classes that would allow them to lead special education classes. "We don’t want to have to depend on a university in order to train our teachers," he said this afternoon. "Already, we're having to retrain many teachers when they come into the system because they don’t have the skills that they need."
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