Opening new, high-quality doors into the classroom
We need a great teacher leading every Minnesota classroom. As our schools and the expectations we hold for children change, how we prepare those great teachers needs to change, too. What’s more, if we want to fill teacher shortages and recruit more educators of color, we clearly need new approaches to teacher prep.
Thankfully, Minnesota policymakers have recognized that we need change. In 2017, they created a grant to invest in innovative, proven models for training new educators. By helping promising alternative teacher prep programs expand or get off the ground, this grant will open more doors for aspiring teachers, especially those for whom the traditional approach just isn’t possible. The goal of this grant is to get more great teachers into the classroom. And, if it does, we must do even more to champion new, truly innovative ways of preparing our children’s future educators.