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

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.

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

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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

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Federal government says it will focus on outcomes instead; critic says it’s an insult to black and Latino teachers

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Giving student instructors the tools they need to succeed


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