October 23, 2015

SLC Webinar on State Strategies for Shaping Effective Teacher Preparation Programs | November 19

The Southern Legislative Conference will host a webinar on State Strategies for Shaping Effective Teacher Preparation Programs from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST, Thursday, November 19, 2015. The importance of ensuring effective teacher preparation programs (TPPs) continues to be an issue of significant interest to state policymakers. As the focus of teacher education shifts more and more from training to preparing, several states are undertaking new approaches to identifying and promoting successful TPPs. Strategies to encourage properly prepared new teachers include: raising program admission standards; requiring shadowing of mentor teachers that have demonstrated their high effectiveness; performance-based funding; and monitoring program outcomes. For example, Louisiana and Tennessee have developed statewide systems that track the academic growth of a teacher’s P-12 students back to the preparation program from which that teacher graduated. This webinar will focus on these and additional tactics of Southern states to ensure well-prepared teachers. Further details are available here.