A Transformation Initiative addresses major issues and challenges in educator preparation. Examples of potential initiatives include, but are not limited to, investigating the following:

  • Different models or approaches to clinical practice 
  • The impact or process of restructuring or reorganization efforts intended to move educator preparation into school settings
  • Providing evidence of the value-added role of accreditation in improving educator preparation to increase P-12 student learning
  • Reduction of barriers in educator preparation to ensure that candidates have the knowledge and skills to help all P-12 students learn
  • Recruitment and admissions policies and practices that attract and retain a diverse, highly talented candidate pool, especially for shortage areas
  • Development of systems for tracking candidate follow-up performance data 
  • The use of data systems to improve educator preparation
  • Development and implementation of training efforts to ensure inter-rater reliability
  • Development and implementation of mentor training programs for clinical educators to improve practices related to support of pre-service candidates
  • Candidates’ ability to use formative assessment to design instruction and improve student learning
  • Practices and policies involved in developing high quality partnerships with P-12 schools and school districts to address:
    • the transformation of student learning and the conditions that support learning, such as school organization, learning environments, community and family engagement, and other district/school/and student-specific programs
    • the assessment  and improvement of student learning and readiness for post- secondary education  o the retention of educators in schools, including induction, mentoring, ongoing professional development, support for National Board Certification and other strategies