One of the most important strategies of the President’s blueprint for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is its focus on one simple but transformative premise: great teachers matter. Decades of research indicates that the single most important school-based factor in a child’s education is the quality of the teaching he or she gets in the classroom. The quality of the training, development and professional practice an aspiring teacher receives throughout his or her pre-service program will impact the teacher’s future effectiveness, ability to persevere, persist and thrive in the classroom, and, ultimately, the amount of student learning that occurs in the classroom.
A new video produced by the U.S. Department of Education spotlights an institution that has a proven strategy for instilling new teacher candidates with the knowledge, skills, resources and fortitude to lead and succeed in the 21st century classroom. At Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan., home of the National Teachers Hall of Fame, the Teachers College is the crown jewel of the school. The hallmark of the Teachers College experience is its involvement with 34 professional development schools – public schools that are modeled after teaching hospitals – where teacher education students do much of their learning in real world situations, working with faculty and public school teachers.
Graduates of the Teachers College are highly sought-after by school districts because of their depth of knowledge and thoroughness of training and experience they bring to the classroom. Each beginning teacher comes to the hiring district with a guarantee and, in the 18 years of the program, only five teachers have been referred for remediation. Ninety-two percent of ESU teachers remain in the classroom for more than five years—almost twice the national average—and principals rate alumni highly on a wide range of knowledge and skills.
For more information on Emporia State University’s Teachers College, visit: http://www.emporia.edu/teach/
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