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Eight Questions on Teacher Preparation: What Does the Research Say?
Provides analysis of research on teacher preparation programs and discusses the policy implications for designing more effective teacher education and training strategies for the nation's teachers.

Missed Opportunities: How We Keep High-Quality Teachers Out of Urban Classrooms download files PDF, (407KB)
This report by The New Teacher Project analyzes data from four "hard-to-staff" urban districts in order to better understand hiring practices and their effect on applicant attrition and teacher quality in urban districts.

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The New Teacher Project (TNTP)
A national non-profit organization working with school districts, colleges of education and state departments of education to enhance capacity to recruit, select, and train outstanding new teachers. The website describes the organizations efforts developing programs to attract high-achieving individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of under-served children and to prepare those leaders to be successful in the classroom.

Troops to Teachers
Troops to Teachers is a U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed. This site includes information as well about a pilot program, Spouses to Teachers, which assists spouses of active duty military and Selected Reserves pursue K-12 teaching positions.

The Project on the Next Generation of Teachers
The Project on the Next Generation of Teachers, directed by Susan Moore Johnson, is a multi-year research project addressing critical questions regarding the future of our nation’s teaching force. Since 1998, The Project has examined a range of issues related to attracting, supporting, and retaining quality teachers in U.S. public schools.


Boston Plan for Excellence's New Teacher Support download files PDF-[805KB]
Over several years, the Boston Public Schools, with support from the Boston Plan for Excellence and others, overhauled its hiring and new teacher support systems -- to positive reviews by school leaders and new teachers alike. The resulting improvements and the lessons learned along the way may be helpful to other districts aiming to hire and keep effective new teachers.

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