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ERIC Number: ED524556
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Our Future, Our Teachers: The Obama Administration's Plan for Teacher Education Reform and Improvement
US Department of Education
Teacher preparation programs play an essential role in this nation's elementary and secondary education system, which relies on them to recruit, select, and prepare approximately 200,000 future teachers every year. Strong programs recruit, select, and prepare teachers who have or learn the skills and knowledge they need to be hired into teaching positions, be retained in them, and lead their students to strong learning gains. Weak programs set minimal standards for entry and graduation. They produce inadequately trained teachers whose students do not make sufficient academic progress. Unfortunately, while there are shining examples of strong programs throughout the country, too many teacher preparation programs fall short. As a whole, America is not following the lead of high-performing countries and recruiting the nation's best and brightest into teaching. This paper describes the Obama administration's plan for teacher education reform and improvement. (Contains 4 figures and 11 footnotes.)
US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Fax: 301-470-1244; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education (ED)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
IES Cited: ED550491