Teacher Preparation Commission


Teacher Preparation Commission

How can state policy improve the preparation of teachers? 

The SREB Teacher Preparation Commission meets during 2016, 2017 and 2018 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, educators, university presidents and deans, and other policymakers and experts.

Publication September 2017 | 8 pages | (17C03)
report cover: more than the numbers

More than the Numbers
Teacher Preparation Data Systems: State Policy and Recommendations

This first report from the SREB Teacher Preparation Commission recommends that states build strong data systems as a critical first step in efforts to improve teacher preparation programs. It describes systems in Louisiana, North Carolina and Tennessee as models to learn from and lays out promising practices from these early systems. Three major recommendations cover where the data should come from, what it should cover, and how it should be used.



Clinical Experiences in Teacher Preparation
Issue summary for the Teacher Preparation Commission

June 2017 — Many of the promising innovations in teacher education are centered around clinical practice-teaching experiences for teacher candidates. Year-long residencies in urban schools and tight partnerships between university teacher preparation programs and local school districts are experimenting with ways to best prepare novices for the schools and students in local areas.

Blog post Samantha Durrance, SREB Policy Analyst

Are teachers prepared to teach reading?
Research shows a gap between what we know about reading and how teachers are prepared to teach it

Reading is the foundation for learning.

The research is clear: Students who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade are much more likely to face poor academic outcomes. For this reason alone, we know it is incredibly important that children learn to read well early in elementary school and continue to build on those reading skills throughout the rest of school.


Data, Data Everywhere
… But not a Byte to Use

What works in teacher preparation? How well do a college of education’s graduates perform in the classroom? And do we really have a shortage of teachers?

For the most part, we don’t know.

Strong data systems are the most promising component to improve how colleges prepare teachers for their jobs, but bringing them into being hasn’t been simple, said Jim Wyckoff of the University of Virginia


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.”