TRANSFORMING COLLEGES OF EDUCATION

KEY ROLE IN LITERACY, EDUCATION & THE WORKFORCE

In education, the foundation lies at the top: in the institutes of higher learning, which prepare teachers and school leaders to take on responsibility for the knowledge and prospects of the next generation. We cannot have effective students without effective teachers, and the only way to ensure teacher effectiveness is to take an active approach to creating and expanding preparation programs. The following four documents not only serve as a comprehensive outline for enhancing teacher knowledge and skill but also demonstrate how a teacher's expertise in the area of reading literacy has an enormous impact on how quickly and effectively his or her students will grasp the concepts. The Executive Summary lists the goals of effective teacher preparation and how they are to be achieved; the Key Components present a structured look at the makeup of a preparation program; the Roadmap and Specifics delve into the details of such a program; and, the model state legislation for colleges of education is designed to help you and your community bring these changes to fruition in your own state and district.

Executive Summary

KEY COMPONENTS

ROADMAP AND SPECIFICS

MODEL LEGISLATION LANGUAGE

It is incumbent upon the universities and colleges of education to prepare all teaching professionals with the knowledge necessary to pass new, stringent examinations. This must occur before teachers are assigned the responsibility of teaching children to read and to develop subject-matter literacy.