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Report: Beef up 'student teaching'



From a report released this morning by the National Council on Teacher Quality:

Elementary education is in a period of rapid change: Teachers are being held to increasingly rigorous standards in more highly organized evaluation systems. Teacher candidates deserve student teaching programs that better prepare them for the profession—programs in which, for example, no student teacher is the unwitting “test case” for whether a cooperating teacher is right for the role or takes away little more in the way of feedback than cursory checklists from a few observations by a supervisor. This review suggests that such circumstances occur all too often today; it offers both overall standards and examples of real nuts-and-bolts policies that could ensure that all teacher candidates are instead given the best possible preparation to, in turn, give our children the best possible education.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:10am]


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