Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Teacher-Training Bill Offers Help for HBCUs, Others

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Teacher-Training Bill Offers Help for HBCUs, Others

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Minority-serving institutions may house Centers of Excellence devoted to teacher training under legislation the House of Representatives has approved this summer.

The Ready to Teach Act would create high-quality teacher-training programs at historically Black colleges, Hispanic-serving colleges and tribal colleges. The act reserves about $10 million next year for these Centers of Excellence plus unspecified sums in future years.

Other provisions of the bill would provide teacher recruitment grants to bring new individuals, including students of color, into the teaching profession. The bill also would take steps to guarantee that teacher education programs emphasize strong teaching skills, rigorous academic content and appropriate use of technology in delivering instruction.

To qualify for funds, a minority-serving institution must have a teacher preparation program. Colleges may form consortia of minority-serving institutions or partner with other colleges, provided the center is housed at a minority-serving institution.

Projects can retrain faculty to provide more focused teacher education coursework. Centers should prepare teachers to help reduce student achievement gaps through scientifically based research and challenging content standards. …

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