A recent piece written by Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford Professor of Education, and faculty director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, sheds much needed light on a discussion around teacher preparation and support that has been lacking here in Dallas.
While so much of the recent talk and media coverage throughout Dallas as it relates to education has been quite politically charged, we have largely neglected the most important in school factor in determining a students’ academic success – which is (as research has confirmed) an effective classroom teacher.
Recruiting, preparing, developing, and supporting great teachers has a direct impact on the learning and success of our students – thus I would encourage us as a city to acknowledge (if we are truly committed to positively impacting the academic trajectory of all students) this critical issue of teacher preparation and support.
There is certainly innovative work already being done in Dallas around teacher preparation. One such effort is the collaboration between Texas A&M – Commerce and Dallas Teacher Residency – a collaboration that has paved the way for the arrival of additional teacher residency programs in the near future to the area – which is a good start.