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State Innovations

Michigan Adds Certificate for Birth to Kindergarten Teachers

A detail of how the Michigan State Board of Education, working closely with the state education agency, is expanding opportunities to improve early educators’ preparation.

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The Standard

Equipping Teachers

Teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention tops the priorities among state board members for better information to guide policymaking.

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State Innovations

Preparing Diverse, Effective Teachers through Residencies and Induction

Many states are expanding teacher residency and induction programs. 

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Policy Update

Aligning Teacher Preparation with Student Learning Standards

This Policy Update highlights the mismatch between the skills taught in many teacher preparation programs and those needed to help students achieve rigorous learning standards. State boards of education have a role to play here.

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Partner Resource

​States as Leaders, Followers, and Partners: Lessons from the ESSA Leadership Learning Community and the University Principal Preparation Initiative

Reflecting on two Wallace-funded efforts about effective principal development, political scientist Paul Manna highlights key lessons, including the value of fostering fruitful partnerships among a range of institutions with a stake in improving public schools. He concludes state policymakers, in particular, have invaluable roles to play advancing the principalship.  

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States’ Role in Developing Effective Principals

Great principals don’t grow on trees; they require high-quality development and ongoing support to thrive. Research from the Learning Policy Institute for The Wallace Foundation shows high-quality pre-service principal preparation programs share common elements. On  Monday, March 11, at 3:00 pm ET, California State Board President and researcher Linda Darling-Hammond will join NASBE for a […]

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State Policy to Support Early Literacy Success

After recent NAEP scores highlighted low reading proficiency among students in the U.S., many states are looking to science of reading and evidence-based literacy instruction to bolster their state policies to better prepare young children on how to read. State boards of education have the opportunity to ask questions and support policies that ensure all […]

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Press Release

To Improve Literacy, States Should Invest in Comprehensive Supports for Teachers

According to a new NASBE analysis, teachers need comprehensive supports to equip them to deliver high-quality, evidence-based instruction.

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Policy Update

Teachers Need Multifaceted Support to Improve Literacy

To improve literacy, states should invest in comprehensive supports for teachers to equip them to deliver high-quality, evidence-based instruction.

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Working with Institutes of Higher Education to Advance the ECE Workforce

High-quality early learning requires a high-quality workforce with specialized knowledge and skills. Several states boards of education, including in Illinois, are playing an active role in developing a well-qualified early learning workforce, while expanding opportunities for more early educators to enter the field. Join us on Wednesday, May 10, to learn about the Illinois Early […]

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Press Release

States Can Strengthen Principal Preparation through Internships

Alexandria, VA—Eighteen percent of principals leave their posts annually, largely citing inadequate preparation as a key reason for leaving. Yet, principal preparation programs have been slow to keep up with the changing demands of the profession. In the same way investing in teacher apprenticeship programs helps address teacher shortages, strengthening principal preparation through principal internships […]

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Policy Update

Preparing Principals through High-Quality Internships

To equip and retain more high-quality school leaders, states can encourage principal internships as a key part of preparation.

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State Partnerships Advancing School Leadership

In his recent report, States as Leaders, Followers, and Partners, Dr. Paul Manna, professor of government and public policy at William & Mary, reflects on evidence from two Wallace Foundation initiatives that encouraged states to play a more active role in developing high-quality principals. He notes that while distinct, both endeavors “convey quite clearly that […]

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The Standard

Equipping Teachers

Teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention tops the priorities among state board members for better information to guide policymaking.

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