DOE Jumpstarting Teacher Training
The Delaware Department of Education recently published a Request for Proposal (RFP) to catalyze educator training program improvements within Delaware institutes of higher education.
The RFP, which was released in early April and due at the end of May, is open to all educator training programs and builds off of Senate Bill 51, which recently passed both chambers and is awaiting the signature of Governor Markell. In order to be competitive for the RFP, training programs must demonstrate how they will better recruit and select candidates, provide rigorous coursework and clinical practice, and establish exit criteria that demonstrate readiness to assume responsibility for a classroom of students. If selected, programs can implement the “pilot” program in school years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 as new criteria begin to take effect.
It is extremely heartening to see Delaware take the lead nationally and begin the difficult work of designing world-class teacher preparation for our educators – which will no doubt reap tremendous benefits for our students.