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Priorities for TPPs

What You Can Do
Engage in these actions and practices to support great teaching and learning in your community.

Top Priorities for Teacher Preparation Programs

  1. Apply the standards for initial licensure and professional licensure developed by the teacher-led coalition of stakeholders along with NBPTS’ Five Core Propositions as a guide for developing teacher preparation programs.

  2. Require that all pathways for teacher preparation include a minimum of a full year of clinical practice with a well-trained, carefully matched, qualified professional/accomplished teacher (collaboratively selected and trained along with the host school/district). Field experiences should be infused throughout coursework prior to the clinical practice year.

  3. Support candidate academic skill development through culturally responsive authentic project learning. Support candidate development of cultural competency through collaboratively developed, extensive and intensive interactions with diverse PreK-12 students, fellow teacher candidates, and TPP faculty.

More Ways TPPs can support...

Professional Teachers

Align coursework and degree programs for the advanced preparation of teachers with the knowledge and skills within the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ Core Propositions.

Offer coursework to assist in developing teacher leaders that can facilitate peer review.

Teacher Leaders

Use “teacher leadership competencies” as a basis for coursework in developing teacher leaders.

Monitor school/district needs for teacher leaders to meet demands for formal coursework.

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Priorities for Schools & Districts

What You Can Do

Priorities for Members & Affiliates

What You Can Do

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National Education Association

Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.