Alternative Certification

Amy Oliver Show: Preparing Teachers Better

The National Council on Teacher Quality’s Arthur McKee highlights a new report that shows far too many teacher education programs are falling short.

Amy Oliver Show: Are We Licensing Teachers Correctly?

Tim Farmer from the Professional Association of Colorado Educators talks about how the state and schools can help ensure having the best teachers in classrooms through an effective licensure process.

Teachers Matter Author Headlines First Independence Institute Brown Bag Lunch Event

On Thursday, April 12, the Independence Institute Freedom Embassy hosted its first-ever Brown Bag Lunch event with a presentation on the research that informs educator effectiveness policies. Manhattan Institute senior fellow and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs professor Dr. Marcus A. Winters shared the findings from his new book Teachers Matter with an audience […]

Research Says Teachers (and Teacher Policy) Matter

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs professor and Manhattan Institute senior fellow Dr. Marcus Winters discusses the major themes of his new book Teachers Matter. Learn what research has to say about how to identify, promote and reward effective teachers.

Michigan: Just Another Case of Phony Alternative Teacher Certification “Reform”

From Michigan comes today’s reminder that education “reform” does not always mean real reform. History teacher Ryan McCarl writes for the Education Report that a new bill in his state designed to promote alternative teacher certification, well, really does very little or anything of the kind. In fact, he calls it “meaningless”:

The text of House [...]

Real Alternative Certification May Actually Help Boost Student Learning

I’ve told you before about groups like ABCTE that are reaching out to top-notch professionals and making it easier for them to make an effective transition into classroom teaching. But where’s the proof this is a good idea for the bottom line of education?
In the new edition of Education Next, Daniel Nadler and Paul Peterson [...]

More Paths for Quality Teachers to Enter Colorado Classrooms

Should college graduates have more options to enter the teaching profession without going through traditional certification programs? Can Colorado expect to make more such options available in the near future? David Saba, president of the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence, offers some insights into these questions and others as Colorado continues its search for more high-quality instructors to fill the state’s learning gaps.

Douglas County’s Locally Licensed Teachers

Are there better ways to train and license public school teachers than the current system set up through the state? A waiver from the State Board of Education allows Douglas County School District (DCSD) to creatively fill its instructional needs in areas like math, science, and special education with a streamlined process at the local level. Tune in to hear DCSD Learning Center executive director Mike Lynch explain how the program works with Ben DeGrow, author of a new Independence Institute report on the topic.

Douglas County’s Home-Grown Teachers: The Learning Center Waiver Program

Seeking a creative solution to shortages in various teaching positions, Douglas County School District received a waiver from the state of Colorado to license and train its own teachers through the Learning Center. The district currently is able to license teachers in areas such as math, science, and world languages; to provide special education endorsements to teachers in other specialties; and to equip unlicensed professionals with the basic skills to teach more highly specialized courses to high schoolers. The waiver is scheduled to be renewed at the end of 2008, contingent on Douglas County meeting certain performance goals.

Teachers Without Licenses

Listen to host Jon Caldara and Education Policy Analyst Ben DeGrow discuss an innovative local education plan, as Douglas County School District seeks to go around the state’s teacher licensure process to bring skilled real world” specialists into high school classrooms.”