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Teachers for a New Era (TNE) is an ambitious attempt to reform teacher education in selected institutions across the nation. TNE’s goal is to stimulate construction of excellent teacher education programs that are guided by a respect for evidence, are based on close collaboration between education and arts and sciences faculty, and have an integrated classroom component. RAND and MDRC are conducting a national evaluation, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, of the first four TNE grantees: Bank Street College of Education; California State University, Northridge; Michigan State University; and the University of Virginia. The authors provide an overview of the progress each institution made in the first year and some early lessons learned from a cross-site analysis. The report includes such details for each institution as a profile of the institution before it began the initiative, a summary of the design proposal it developed to carry out the reform, a detailed description of its implementation progress, and the state policy contexts against which it is carrying out the reforms.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    The Teachers for a New Era Initiative: Overview, Selection Process, and Theory of Change

  • Chapter Three

    The Role of the Technical Assistance Provider, Academy for Educational Development

  • Chapter Four

    Overview of Progress in Implementing TNE in the First Year

  • Chapter Five

    Cross-Site Observations on First-Year Implementation

  • Chapter Six

    Recommendations and Next Steps

  • Chapter Seven


  • Appendix A

    Bank Street College of Education: Profile at Baseline and Year 1 Implementation

  • Appendix B

    California State University, Northridge: Profile at Baseline and Year 1 Implementation

  • Appendix C

    Michigan State University: Profile at Baseline and Year 1 Implementation

  • Appendix D

    University of Virginia: Profile at Baseline and Year 1 Implementation

  • Appendix E

    State Policy Contexts

The research described in this report was conducted for the Rockefeller Foundation by RAND Education.

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