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.

African American teachers

Two percent of teachers are black men. A city is trying to recruit more.

Part 2 of 2: In New Orleans, a reluctant teacher finds his voice and, possibly, his purpose

New Orleans loses teachers at double the rate of other cities like it

PART 1 of 2: A new report finds the attrition rate for New Orleans teachers to be twice that of other cities, a number that’s been increasing sharply in the last decade. New training programs aim to stem the flood.

TEACHER VOICE: Looking back on my first year of school

Cold sweats, insomnia and giving up the script in third-grade science

OPINION: The difficult discussions about gun violence that we can’t afford not to have

'Classroom conversations are one vital way to start small'

In professional development for online teachers, highlighting failure led the way to success

The success story may be more exciting, but this district’s leader says the initial failure is important, too

TEACHER VOICE: Is the cost of student-teaching worth it?

'The financial downside was crushing'

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist visits a first-grade class at Penn Elementary School.

Switching sides in the teacher wars

In Rhode Island, Deborah Gist was an education reformer pushing school accountability. Then she came to Oklahoma, where the biggest challenge is getting schools the basics.

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OPINION: Hometown teachers more likely to ‘stay in school’

The community ties that bind education

New York City Schools Chancellor Harold Levy talks on the phone in his office in downtown Brooklyn, N.Y., Thursday, May 11, 2000. Levy, head of the country's largest school system, is pushing music and poetry in a system plagued with rats, guns and crumbling school buildings.

Remembering former NYC Schools Chancellor Harold Levy: A champion for children and a real mensch

Levy did many things in life, but most loved being chancellor

A man watches an artificial intelligence (AI) news anchor from a state-controlled news broadcaster, on his computer in Beijing on November 9, 2018. - China's state-controlled news broadcasters have long been considered somewhat robotic in their daily recitation of pro-government propaganda, and a pair of new presenters will do little to dispel that view.

The future includes good (human) teachers

Some things just can’t be automated, and a teacher who makes you think is one of them

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