Teacher Preparation Commission


Teacher Preparation Commission

How can state policy improve the preparation of teachers, using  licensure and certification, approval of teacher prep programs, and accountability as levers?

The SREB Teacher Preparation Commission will meet during 2016 and 2017 to consider effective ways to better prepare teachers to help students reach higher academic standards. Its charge is to develop practical and effective statewide recommendations to improve teacher preparation programs.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards chairs the Commission, whose members include state legislators, university presidents and deans, and other policymakers and experts.


No Easy Answers
Teacher Prep Commission Studies Difficult Issues

State legislators — many of them former teachers, principals or education professors — came together in June 2016 to begin work on one of education’s most challenging issues: recommending policies to improve the programs that prepare classroom teachers.

The commission’s charge is a difficult one, said SREB President Dave Spence, but it has never been more important. The job of teaching is harder than ever, he said. “We expect 80 percent of students to go on to college now, and yet the population is much more diverse and increasingly low-income.”