Improving Teachers, Lessons Learned

See this week’s (January 6, 2011) issue of The Economist, “Improving Teachers, Lessons Learned”.

Focusing on teachers as the leverage point for learning and residency models as the format for training great teachers is gaining traction nationally. See the following quotes:

“BUDGET, curriculum, class size—none has a greater effect on a student than his or her teacher.”

“The Academy of Urban School Leadership in Chicago (a UTRU network partner, mine) trains teachers in a programme modelled after a medical residency—part traditional coursework, part training in a classroom. Such models may become more common; in November the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education recommended that residency-style programmes become the norm.”