Former State Superintendent Grasmick to Overhaul Teacher Training at Towson University

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Former state superintendent will head project to create a model national program to educate future teachers.

Several months after Nancy S. Grasmick left her job as state superintendent of schools, Michelle Rhee, the former schools chief in Washington, spoke in Baltimore and let a secret slip.

She told the crowd at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall that Grasmick had said she wanted her next job to be helping to revamp the way teachers are prepared for the profession. Rhee, a hard-line education reformer, was pleased that Grasmick might help improve the training that Rhee thinks is so lacking in teacher colleges.

On Tuesday, Towson University announced that Grasmick would become a presidential scholar and begin a broad overhaul of the programs at the university that now trains more teachers than any other in the state.

University President Maravene Loeschke said she wanted Grasmick to help make Towson "one of the major places you look at for teacher education innovation" in the nation. Two of the university's priorities, she said, are focusing more attention on teacher education and preparing teachers to teach science, technology, engineering and math, subjects in which U.S. students lag.

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