With the Teacher Effectiveness Initiative, we hope to work with our partner higher education institutions to place quality teachers in schools across our service region. We also want to ensure that new teachers have the knowledge and skills that the combined (500+) districts in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and the 23 Native nations we serve need the most.
Who are our partners in this effort?
The initiative began in 2009 with establishing formal partnerships with 14 higher education institutions from North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota that are committed to working individually and collectively to improve their training programs. Together, the 14 schools and the Foundation have formed the Network for Excellence in Teaching, or NExT. Learn more about our partners.
How are our partners improving their teacher training programs?
Our partners have agreed to improve their programs around four pillars (recruit, prepare, employ and support), using data to measure performance and inform change (a fifth pillar). Because each institution had a long history in teacher education before beginning the Teacher Effectiveness Initiative, each has set an individualized series of benchmarks in these core areas based on previous strengths and identified areas for growth. Within each of these five pillars, the partner institutions are addressing points such as:
Learn how NExT partners Minnesota State University, Mankato and the University of South Dakota are addressing recruitment in their teacher preparation programs.
Learn how the University of South Dakota's year-long residency program is helping teacher candidates get a more robust student teaching experience has other South Dakota universities taking note.
Learn how St. Cloud State University is building and nurturing strong partnerships with its K-12 district partners.
Learn how schools in the Valley Partnership (North Dakota State, Valley City State and Minnesota State Moorhead) are providing new teacher summer academiesto help new teachers get started most efficiently in their classrooms.
Read more (blog post to be published 6/17) about how a subgroup of NExT partners, the common metrics group, has received national recognition for their innovative measurement strategy.