Grant to American Board Met With Predictable Reactions

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This week's edition of Education Week reports on the various reactions to the $35 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to the new national route to certification, the American Board exams. The story goes on to mention the American Board's offering of a virtual mentoring component, where American Board teachers are teamed up electronically with experienced teachers. Art Wise, president of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, frets that the American Board's virtual mentoring will be insufficient pre-service learning for teachers. American Board president Kathy Madigan argues that virtual mentoring will actually increase the supply of mentors available for training.