$40 million changes underway for future teachers

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MINNEAPOLIS--All classrooms across Minnesota will be filled with top-notch teachers in a few years. At least that is the hope.

The Bush Foundation is pumping $40 million into 14 Universities across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota over the next ten years to help them recruit, train and support future teachers.

Big education institutions like the University of Minnesota and Hamline will be using the money to make changes to their teaching curriculum.

"They're changing how they think of teacher preparation. They're radically altering their relationships with the school districts," Peter Hutchinson, president of the Bush Foundation, said of the Universities on board.

The schools will be more selective about who they select and will be recruiting people they think will be effective teachers. Future teachers will also be given more time to student teach and will do their student teaching in school districts that partner with the University so both the University and school district can keep track of their progress.

"The partnership strengthens both sides and brings both of them together in understanding how education is moving," Barbara Wieland, with the Brooklyn Park school district said.

Experts say almost 40 percent of new teachers quit after four years on the job because they don't feel ready for the classroom.

Misty Sato, a professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota said she hopes that number goes down with the upcoming changes.

"We can prepare them with the routines and expertise to hit the ground running that first year teacher and be more like a career teacher instead of floundering beginning teacher," Sato said.


 Nine other Minnesota schools in addition to the U and Hamline received money from the Bush Foundation to make changes to their programs.



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