Teacher Preparation

Teacher training programs are facing profound challenges. Enrollment in traditional programs is down while alternative routes to the classroom proliferate. Amidst a growing call for raising the quality of the U.S. teaching force, The Hechinger Report is examining whether teachers are being adequately prepared. See all our Special Reports

How to find minority teachers who want to stay in the job?

Schools are turning to their own former students as teaching recruits

Are uncertified teachers better than substitutes?

Nevada’s emergency response to dire shortage tests how much preparation teachers need

Why do black teachers leave—and how do we fix that?

Hechinger Twitter chat explores how to recruit, retain black teachers

The reason so many black teachers leave the job early

New report probes why African-American teachers become frustrated with a profession that desperately needs them

Lori Smith (left) and Heather Hobbs (right), two teacher leaders in the Kingsport City Schools district, participate in a Common Core training session in Kingsport, Tenn.

OPINION: Game Changer: When teachers prove they can teach all kinds of students

Performance-based assessments can help end racial bias, two experts explain why


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On a classroom-based test for new teachers, black teachers score lower

A new report shows gap on the edTPA and researchers want to find out why

New Orleans’ uphill battle for more black and homegrown teachers

Kristi Walton works with a student. Photo: Courtesy of Firstline This story is part of a series looking at a shortage of black and Hispanic teachers and…

Many Hispanic students never have a teacher who looks like them

A program in Tennessee is trying to change that