While Texas leads the nation in the diversity and number of ways to become an educator, our current state system of teacher preparation has not guaranteed a well-prepared teacher in all classrooms every year. As a result, Educate Texas convened the Texas Teacher Preparation Collaborative to examine best practices and policies in teacher preparation, to review related research, and to make practical policy recommendations to help ensure that teachers are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to provide Texas students with a 21st century education.
The Collaborative brought together deans of education, alternative certification leaders, teachers, principals, superintendents, and advocacy leaders committed to improving teacher preparation. Members were specifically selected for their willingness to consider the dynamic needs of teachers and schools. The members identified challenges in how we frame, structure, implement, and evaluate teacher preparation. The recommendations discussed in the resources below seek to reframe teacher preparation in Texas from a system focused on processes to a system that drives outcomes.
The Collaborative was tasked with:
• Examining the best practices and policies in higher education and at the district, state, national levels;
• Reviewing research on effective teacher preparation practices;
• Sharing positive changes that some teacher preparation programs have made; and
• Making practical recommendations that can be implemented for both the policy and practice of teacher preparation.
Texas Teaching Commission Outcomes
• Create a suite of policy recommendations that may be implemented by the legislature, state agencies, school districts, institutions of higher education, and alternative certification programs.
• Gather national and state data, best practices, and policies that result in the most effective teachers.
• Build a Texas network that facilitates the sharing of ideas by teacher preparation programs.
• Develop strategies and options for philanthropic partners to support implementation of new systems and programs at all levels that align with the Collaborative’s recommendations.