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Texas Tech-led program presents teacher innovations to Secretary of Education DeVos

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos invited University-School Partnerships for the Renewal of Educator Preparation (US PREP) National Center to Washington, D.C., Thursday for a roundtable discussion about preparing classroom teachers.

The national center, housed within the College of Education at Texas Tech University, helps universities around the country transform and improve their teacher-preparation programs. During a meeting that lasted more than 90 minutes at the Department of Education, US PREP showcased how it is preparing teachers who are classroom-ready and addressing challenges that contribute to a national shortage of educators.

“In some states, the standards are low for preparation programs, making it easy to become a teacher through programs that are low-quality,” US PREP Executive Director Sarah Beal said. “These teachers often teach in our highest-need areas, thereby perpetuating inequities in our school systems as well as de-professionalizing the teaching profession overall. Many policymakers are critical of colleges of education and have given up on us."

As a result, US PREP and its partners and program graduates shared innovative features of the US PREP model and emphasized the importance of quality in training teachers.

“I was honored to share the importance of deep partnerships with school districts to meet their unique needs, and secondly, the importance of having robust and in-depth data to inform decision making,” said Stacy Edmonson, dean of the College of Education at Sam Houston State University. “It was a great opportunity for us to have these conversations with the U.S. Secretary of Education and to have a voice in what will hopefully be meaningful change for teachers across the country."

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