Since 2005, the Teachers for a New Era (TNE) Learning Network, of which I’m a co-director, has brought together 30 university teacher preparation programs from around the country to learn from one another’s successes and challenges. We at the TNE Learning Network know how a community of peers can spread the word about good ideas in innovative teacher preparation, and we’re not alone. ... more
It's National Teacher Appreciation Week and today is National Teacher Appreciation Day. I'd need a whole bushel of apples to thank all the teachers who had a positive impact in my life. How about you? ... more
As part of the Bush Foundation’s cross-function learning efforts, I joined the Educational Achievement Team on their April 8 site visit to the University of Minnesota, where we met with a most impressive team. The UMN is one of 14 partners working to improve their teacher training program as part of the Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT). The team included College of Education and Human Development leaders plus key community partners. ... more
In 2010, the Bush Foundation challenged 14 teacher preparation programs in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota to join the Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT). The first three years of this partnership have been filled with planning, trial and error and much success, and it is exciting to be coming to a point in the project where we are able to see results. Our preparation programs have been changed—we approach the recruiting of ... more
About theBushFoundationOur mission is to be a catalyst for the courageous leadership necessary to create sustainable solutions to tough public problems and ensure community vitality. The Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth, and today works in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.