In an era of rigorous college- and career-ready standards, students’ increasingly diverse backgrounds, and tougher educator evaluation systems, novice teachers are entering classrooms that require new and higher levels of expertise and instruction. Yet many district leaders face the prospect of not being able to put anyone, much less a high-quality teacher, in front of each student on the first day of school. This is a risk they cannot afford. Preparation programs, too, are challenged to find strong student teaching placements, ensure jobs for their graduates and keep up with the rapidly changing requirements of the teaching workforce. Many of these organizations have realized they cannot do it alone. The rapidly changing environment requires strong, bold partnerships between districts and preparation programs, supported by effective policy, to ensure all students have access to an excellent teacher.
This report, written by Education First with support from the Joyce Foundation, examines the most sophisticated partnerships between school districts and teacher preparation programs. It also presents a roadmap with ten recommendations for partners interested in taking a proactive, dynamic approach to shaping teaching talent pipelines through similar partnerships.