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New Teacher Preparation

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How were you prepared to be a teacher? If you’re a teacher of literacy, what supports did you get in the beginning that enabled you to become the teacher you are today? Do you mentor new teachers? Do you have ideas about how they could be supported better? Advocacy around new teacher preparation looks at program quality, the nature of ongoing supports, and issues of equity in the kinds of training educators get depending on where they are located throughout the country.

This is an issue that is likely to be represented in the new Elementary and Secondary Education Act, so it’s featured in a recommendation in the 2015 NCTE Education Policy Platform: “Develop or implement innovative approaches for preservice and early career teachers that incorporate sustained mentorships to connect academic and theoretical knowledge with practical application within diverse settings.”

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