Issues Focus: Education & Youth Development
Improving preparation for students who wish to teach in urban settings.
As a component of its partnership with Dorchester High School, the Foundation supported the development of a new model of teacher training that brought student teachers into classrooms in urban high schools for a full year of training with master teachers and university faculty.
The Foundation’s positive experience led to a series of research projects undertaken by the Rennie Center for Education Policy. These papers examined opportunities to strengthen practice-based teacher training and, likewise, offered program and policy strategies.
Noting that Massachusetts was exploring improvements in teacher preparation, the Foundation then joined a collaboration of state-based funders to work with the National Council on Teacher Quality to advance its national work on improving schools of education through rigorous program evaluation.
|UMass Boston, Teach Next Year||Establish a practice-based teacher training track with the College of Education and Human Development||Boston and surrounding communities|
|Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy||Research and dissemination of white papers on practice-based models||Massachusetts|
|National Council on Teacher Quality||Create a national report card on schools of education||National|