Teacher Preparation: Reforming the Uncertain Profession

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In a major speech at Teachers College, Columbia University, Secretary Arne Duncan called for America’s colleges of education to dramatically change how they prepare the next generation of teachers.

“By almost any standard,” Duncan said, “many if not most of the nation’s 1,450 schools, colleges, and departments of education are doing a mediocre job of preparing teachers for the realities of the 21st century classroom. America’s university-based teacher preparation programs need revolutionary change—not evolutionary tinkering.”

See the press release and text of the speech.