Teacher-training schools under pressure to prepare for Common Core

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

It's not just kindergarten-12th grade teachers who are being asked to adjust their teaching styles and curricula to ensure students measure up to the Common Core standards. The people who teach the teachers also are under the gun.

But as the controversial standards take root, there's disagreement over whether teacher-training programs are doing enough to prepare aspiring educators for the dramatic changes they will encounter in classrooms across the United States.

Some organizations, such as the National Council on Teacher Quality, have criticized teacher-training programs for responding too slowly to the new standards. "There's no evidence that this (Common Core) has made its way into the thinking about how to train new teachers," said Kate Walsh, the council's president.

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