Recruit new and diverse talent through teacher prep
As the needs of our students and schools change, so must our approaches to preparing new educators. Between Minnesota’s growing teacher shortages and stagnant educator diversity, and mounting evidence that alternative and unconventional teacher prep can uniquely train diverse and effective educators, it’s time for Minnesota to finally invest in innovative, proven models for training new educators. Thankfully, during the 2017 legislative session, policymakers created—and funded—a state grant for alternative teacher prep to support innovative homegrown training models and help nationally renowned alternative teacher preparation programs take root in Minnesota. By helping promising programs expand or get off the ground, this grant will attract more, and more diverse, educators into Minnesota classrooms.