What’s the best way to prepare new teachers for the classroom? One idea is to increase the time teacher candidates spend in P-12 classrooms during their training—moving from as little as several weeks to a full year of classroom experience. ... more
Recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers is one of the keys to increasing student achievement. Achievement gaps between students taught by less effective teachers and those taught by better teachers can grow as large as 50 percentile points in as few as three years. With approximately 70 percent of teachers being educated at university-based preparation programs, it is essential that colleges of education recruit, select and prepare the most promising students to become teachers. ... more
The Bush Foundation’s Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT) partnership with 14 universities to improve their teacher preparation programs has sparked innovative thinking in multiple areas.... more
Four years ago, the Bush Foundation and its 14 higher education partners formed the Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT) in an effort to improve teacher education across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. The partner institutions have been working hard to improve their teacher education programs and have also generated great momentum in collaborating to address common challenges and explore innovative opportunities. ... more
Since 2005, the Teachers for a New Era (TNE) Learning Network, of which I’m a co-director, has brought together 30 university teacher preparation programs from around the country to learn from one another’s successes and challenges. We at the TNE Learning Network know how a community of peers can spread the word about good ideas in innovative teacher preparation, and we’re not alone. ... more
TheBushFoundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them. Established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth, the Foundation encourages individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.