This article briefly reviews the history of reforming teacher preparation and describes several potentially transformative initiatives currently under way to redefine and strengthen teacher education programs.
Recruiting, Preparing, and Retaining High Quality Secondary Mathematics and Science Teachers for Urban Schools: The Cal Teach Experimental Program
This article focuses on the design of the Cal Teach program compared to the traditional pathway through which teachers are prepared. It focuses on challenging issues in recruiting strong candidates (i.e., STEM majors) and how they are addressed, the preparation of candidates, problematic aspects of traditional teaching education programs and how Cal Teach is modeled and designed to overcome these problems. Mechanisms used to help retain graduates in the teaching force are described.
Influence of Scholarships on STEM Teachers: Cluster Analysis and Characteristics
STEM teachers' perceptions about the influence of scholarship on their decision to teach and to teach in a high-needs school were examined using cluster analysis. Three hundred and four Noyce scholars responded to the survey.
Preparing Teachers: Building Evidence for Sound Policy
The National Research Council (NRC) was asked by the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences to conduct this consensus report in response to a mandate from Congress to assemble all available information on key questions related to teacher preparation to guide future policy decisions.
Prepare And Inspire: K-12 Education In Science, Technology, Engineering, And Math (STEM) For America’s Future
This report provides strategies to improve K-12 STEM education. It is a response to challenges and opportunities facing the country regarding the need for a well-qualified pool of STEM graduates, and a 2009 call by President Obama to ensure that the U.S. remains a leader in STEM education in the decades to come.