The Education Schools Project

Teacher Education Out of Step with Realities of Classrooms;
Report Finds Majority of U.S. Teachers Prepared in Lower Quality Programs

Report by Arthur Levine To Call for Adoption of Comprehensive Plan To Reform the "Wild West" of Teacher Education

WHAT: The release of Educating School Teachers, a provocative analysis of the quality of university-based teacher education in the United States, prepared by Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and former president of Teachers College, Columbia University. While recognizing model programs nationwide, the report will say that the vast majority of the nation's teachers are prepared in programs that have low admission and graduation standards and cling to an outdated vision of teacher education. The report also will include findings from national surveys revealing how well America's principals and teachers feel that education schools provide quality preparation, as well as findings from a study on the relationship between student achievement and teacher preparation.

Arthur Levine, President, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation; President Emeritus, Teachers College, Columbia Univ.

Gene Block, Provost, University of Virginia

Sharon Robinson, President and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education;

Donna Cooper, Secretary of Planning and Policy, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;

Rick Hess, Resident Scholar and Director, Education Policy Programs, American Enterprise Institute

WHEN: Monday, September 18, 2006
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Conference Rooms (Murrow, White, and Lisagor)
National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20045

Please RSVP to Albert Lang at or call
202-955-9450 ext 317.

Educating School Teachers is available on the Education School Project's Web site,

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