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Education Department Receives Grant to ‘Lead’ on Teacher Preparation

HARTFORD — Flanked by state officials, local and national educators, the State Department of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor on Wednesday  announced that Connecticut was awarded a $100,000 grant to participate in a two-year pilot program supported by the Council of Chief State School Officers.

The CCSSO selected Connecticut as one of seven states to participate in the Network for Transforming Educator Preparation to receive technical assistance to support teacher training programs that will gear up to graduate teachers and administrators that are  “learner-ready” on day one of their careers, officials said.

These seven states, officials said “will lead the way and serve as models for other states as they begin similar work.”

“States across the nation have raised expectations for students, and that means that we have a responsibility to ensure that educators are prepared to help all students graduate ready for careers, college and lifelong learning,” said Chris Minnich, CCSSO Executive Director. “These seven states are among those on the leading edge of making substantive changes in the policy and practice of educator preparation.”

During the first year, Connecticut is expected to concentrate on strengthening the educator preparation program approval process to ensure that all program completers are “learner-ready” and equipped with the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to prepare all students for success in college or careers.  In addition, the state will focus on developing a system for the collection and analysis of data to inform improvements to the preparation of educators for the workforce.

“In order to meet our goal of preparing every student for success in college and career, we must prepare each future educator for success.  Our work regarding the rethinking and enhancement of teacher and leader preparation programs has been a collaborative effort.  I am grateful to all the participants in Connecticut’s process—including classroom teachers and college professors, school superintendents and university presidents—for focusing on this high priority work,” Pryor said.  “The NTEP initiative will assist us in advancing efforts, already underway in Connecticut, that are aimed at positioning preparation program graduates for success as they begin their careers as teachers and school leaders.”

Photo: The Hartford Guardian

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