- To Train Teachers, A New Lesson Plan, Wall Street Journal, August 17
The article not only provides an intimate portrait of how AUSL trains its teachers, but it also touches on federal policy, Chicago politics and the Chicago Teachers Union position on AUSL's model.
- Teacher prep programs at LSSU, Olivet College land at bottom of state rankings, Detroit Free Press, August 15
Michigan State Superintendent Michael Flanagan is making good on earlier commitments to hold teacher preparation programs accountable: state is forcing low-ranked institutions to shutter some certification programs. Western Michigan teacher prep program, now labeled "at risk," is not waiting for the shoe to drop and is announcing changes now. (Sawchuk's also on the case and wants to hear about similar stories in other states.).
- Chalkboard Project awards $180,000 in teacher preparation and recruitment grants to local districts, The Oregonian, August 16
Major ed organization in Oregon making grants to address lack of diversity in teaching force and to strengthen student teaching.
- Marks lends her voice to teacher prep reform, but not all are happy with the effort, The Hour, August 14, 2012
Outgoing Norwalk superintendent Susan Marks lends her support to our review of teacher preparation programs.
- Why not use "beat the odds" schools to train a new generation of teachers?, HometownSource.Com, August 16
Columnist wonders why Minnesota teacher prep programs getting Bush Foundation funding aren't partnering with high-performing, high-poverty schools to train teachers (we're looking into whether programs across the country are placing their teacher candidates in similar schools for the national review.).