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May 31, 2018
Here are the nine finalists to be Tennessee’s next Teacher of the Year
The state’s 2018-19 top teacher will be announced this fall and will represent Tennessee in a national competition.
February 15, 2018
Three of Tennessee’s largest teacher training programs improve on state report card
While small alternative programs and private universities scored best again, several large public universities upped their performance under the state's grading system.
August 9, 2017
A new study shows why it’s so hard to improve teacher preparation
Fierce debates have ensued over how to hold teacher training programs accountable. A new study casts doubt on those efforts because It’s hard to identify bad programs.
May 23, 2017
New York stands to lose $433 million in education funding under Trump budget, state says
The budget would slash teacher preparation programs, support for homeless youth, and college aid for low-income students, state officials said.
April 11, 2017
High schoolers say they don’t want to be teachers. Inside one school that’s working to turn the tide
One day early in the school year, the pre-K students at P.S. 50 on Staten Island were learning how to write their names. Jeanette Tenantitla…
December 15, 2016
Teacher prep conversation already changing under Tennessee’s new ratings
The user-friendly version aims to provide transparency and understanding about the quality of teacher training programs across the state.
December 15, 2016
Here’s where Tennessee’s best teachers are trained, according to new state report card
Nearly all are located around Nashville and Memphis, and half are non-traditional, according to the State Board of Education report.
October 6, 2016
Alternatively trained teachers quit more quickly — but not in Tennessee
Tennessee teachers that come to the classroom through alternative preparation programs are bucking a nationwide trend by sticking around.
August 12, 2016
Likely coming to a teacher prep program near you: A harder licensure test
The State Board of Education is considering requiring teachers to pass a new test that assesses video recordings of student teaching.
January 12, 2016
New Nashville-based alternative teacher education program seeks state approval
Project Renaissance hopes to launch a new alternative teacher training program in Nashville.
December 10, 2015
Report card time: How do Tennessee’s teacher preparation programs stack up?
The 2015 state report card on teacher preparation programs details how graduates of Tennessee's different education programs perform in the classroom upon graduation.
November 19, 2015
Memphis Teacher Residency to share national platform under Gates grant
Memphis Teacher Residency will expand its impact under a $35 million initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve teacher education across the nation.
October 15, 2015
McQueen prioritizes literacy, early learning, teacher prep in five-year strategic plan
Tennessee's education chief announces a strategic plan to elevate Tennessee academically from one of the nation's lowest performing states to the top half in five years.
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August 18, 2015
Best of 2015: Why is there no teacher shortage in New York City?
As other states scramble, a longstanding teacher surplus and steady student enrollment mean that just one in three teacher-prep graduates is able to land a job in New York.
August 7, 2015
New York’s newest literacy test for aspiring teachers gets judge’s OK
A new exam testing the reading and writing skills of aspiring teachers in New York State does not discriminate against black and Hispanic candidates, a judge ruled Friday.
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