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

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson watches during practice at the NFL football team's training camp facility, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Berea, Ohio.

Disrupting education, the NFL way

Hiring more black public school teachers helps students get to the goal line

Kanetha Brown goes over the days of the week with her charges at her home-based child care program in Wichita, Kan. Brown has training as an educator, but knows of other home-based care options where kids learn little during the day. Most states only require a high school diploma to run a home-based child care facility.

Five things you should know about the people watching your children

Caring for young children in the U.S. continues to be devalued as unskilled ‘women’s work’

20 judgments a teacher makes in 1 minute and 28 seconds

A researcher says 'micro moments' in the classroom reveal implicit biases, subtle racism and sexism

A student in the Mississippi Delta raises his hand during class. More than 40 school districts in the state, including many in the Delta, lack qualified teachers.

How one Mississippi college is trying to tackle teacher shortages

Tuition discounts for assistant teachers, scholarships to learn how to teach math are among the programs offered

Students conduct a protest during at Franklin Field on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Teachers, how does it feel to be oppressors?

A teacher literally stepped on children to “teach” them about slavery

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TEACHER VOICE: It’s time to shatter the silence about race

Five steps toward fostering change

The “Great Dome” on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is hosting an experimental program to recruit physicists, engineers, chemists, linguists, biologists, neuroscientists and other experts and train them to be primary and secondary school teachers. The candidates’ previous experience and skills will help speed them through the process.

New, MIT-based program proposes transforming physicists, engineers into teachers

High-tech effort would also speed up teacher education by giving credit for existing skills

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