Just read an interesting article talking about alternative teacher preparation programs entitled Analysis Finds Alternatively Credentialed Teachers Performed Equal to Peers in First Two Years–while the results are inconclusive on several fronts it does present some thoughtful information to consider, including:
- Are traditional educator preparation programs the ONLY way to train future teachers successfully? Are they BEST way?
- Can alternative (non-traditional) educator preparation programs support student learning in a positive way, whilst supporting supply and demand challenges faced by multiple school districts across the nation?
- What are the long-term impacts of educator preparation on our country’s workforce? And, what are the long-term impacts of what we view as an educated society?
- Will how teachers are prepared impact our standing in the world relative to student achievement?
- How would we know? What research questions need to be posed?