Bettering Classrooms With Effective Teacher Training Programs
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    Teachers shape the future with every child they teach. That’s why every
    child deserves effective teachers and every teacher deserves the
    opportunity to become as effective as possible.Internationally recognised teacher training programmes

    Look at the classroom

    For too many students, this vision is not yet reality. Nearly two
    million students each year find themselves in classrooms with new
    teachers who are less effective than they should be.

    Because many teacher preparation programs do not show future teachers
    the best, scientifically-based ways to help students learn, their
    graduates find themselves spending their first year teaching not only
    their students but also themselves. This first year is not unlike a
    fraternity hazing due to inadequate preparation.

    Evaluate the training programs

    Most great teachers are not born but made — the result of a quality
    education, support from seasoned peers, hard work and strong
    determination. But the National Council on Teacher Quality’s (NCTQ)
    recent study of traditional undergraduate programs preparing elementary
    teachers found that they ignore research findings on the knowledge and
    skills that should be essential to instruction. For example, nearly two
    decades after the scientific community reached firm consensus about how
    to teach reading, only two in five programs even mention all five
    methods. Fewer still provide elementary teacher candidates with
    necessary grounding in math content. Just five percent make sure their
    candidates obtain a well-rounded education in science, history and

    As a result, new teachers struggle. This is not the fault of the
    teachers as their preparation program failed to instill in them vital
    knowledge and skills. How can teachers teach content or use teaching
    methods they never learned?

    Demand fundamental change

    Americans who are concerned about the quality of their children’s
    teachers should demand that teacher training programs incorporate
    research-proven content and methods, and provide future teachers with
    plenty of practice.

    Of course, every teacher grows on the job through experience or through
    training in the summer and after school. Even veteran teachers benefit
    from the chance to learn new methods and update their materials. Still,
    if we could improve the quality of teachers’ preparation programs, new
    teachers would be more successful from their first day in front of

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