Teacher Training

The Detroit News reports today (10/13) that the Michigan State Board of Education and Superintendent Flanagan are working on reforming teacher training programs.  Some of the changes being reported:

  1. Align teacher preparation programs with the needs of the teacher workforce and global economy.
  2. All teacher preparation programs be nationally accredited to ensure quality (and save Michigan money on state oversight).
  3. The teacher certification process will include a demonstration of actual teaching skills.
  4. Integrating a performance assessment into the teacher certification system.

I imagine that a portfolio system is in the works.  The National Middle School Association has a series of standards based on knowledge, performance, and disposition that are very close to the NCATE standards.