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Partnering on Prep

In 2016, with the support of the Joyce Foundation, Education First released Ensuring High-Quality Teacher Talent, which made the case for strong, bold district-teacher preparation partnerships and provided 10 recommendations for building them. The report was favorably received, and was shared...
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Tools for Partnering on Teacher Prep

Nearly three years ago, we asked ourselves the question: “What can districts and teacher preparation programs, partnering closely together to prepare teachers, truly do to ensure that teachers are ready to support all students to succeed?” Together, with the Joyce...
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Our New Toolkit with Teacher Preparation Resources

For the past two years, we have facilitated a community of practice (CoP) of five teacher preparation technical assistance centers–Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, National Center for Teacher Residencies, TeacherSquared, TeachingWorks and University-School Partnerships for the Renewal of...
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Raising the B.A.R. for Students

Earlier this month, Alison Harris Welcher, one of our Harvard Residents and a former teacher and principal, gave remarks at the opening Convocation for Amelia County (VA) Public Schools. Her remarks, edited for length, are presented below. I feel like...
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Giving Back to Puerto Rico

When I was growing up, Puerto Rico was always my favorite place on Earth. Born in Boston to Puerto Rican parents, I spent my summers on the beaches of Rincon or hiking with my cousins in El Yunque. In 2004,...
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What Do We Mean By “High-Quality” Technical Assistance?

 Many organizations offer technical assistance (TA) to teacher preparation programs seeking to improve their programming. But until recently, there was no common way to assess the impact of that technical assistance or even define what high-quality technical assistance looks like. How...
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