IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: NATIONAL GROUP LAUDS LOUISIANA FOR LEADING NATION IN EDUCATOR PREPARATION

Sep 13, 2017
BATON ROUGE, La.-The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today released Transforming Educator Preparation: Lessons Learned from Leading States, a playbook that draws from the experiences of states, like Louisiana, leading the nation in educator preparation efforts and offers specific steps other states can take to improve the profession there.
 
"Louisiana has built on the leadership and collaboration between P-12 and higher education officials to advance changes to preparation program approval and accountability regulations, including a yearlong teaching residency for all aspiring educators by 2018,"the playbook states. "The changes were informed by Louisiana's teacher preparation pilot program, Believe and Prepare, and two years of public discussion, input from a survey of 6,000 educators, and more than 50 meetings and focus groups."
 
The playbook comes five years after a small network of state chiefs created the Network for Transforming Educator Preparation (NTEP), pushing educator preparation to the forefront of policy agendas at the state level and nationally. States that participated in NTEP include California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Washington.
 
NTEP states worked with stakeholders across the education sector to create stronger standards for teacher preparation programs, better measure how prepared new teachers are to enter the classroom, and provide meaningful and timely data to continuously improve how teachers are prepared in the long-term.
 
"States that participated in the Network for Transforming Educator Preparation will leave a legacy of innovation and lessons that will shape and guide continuous improvement in teacher preparation for years to come," said Chris Minnich, executive director of CCSSO. "I look forward to seeing their successes help new educators in other states across the country."
 
To learn more about the educator preparation playbook, click here.
To learn more about Louisiana's Believe and Prepare program, click here.
 
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