A Vision For Teacher Training At MIT: West Point Meets Bell Labs

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For decades, Arthur Levine, the former president of Teachers College, Columbia University, has tried to imagine a new kind of institution for training teachers. He envisions a combination West Point and Bell Labs, where researchers could study alongside future educators, learning what works and what's effective in the classroom. That idea is now set to become a reality.

"Instead of focusing on courses and credits students need to take," says Levine, who's now head of the foundation. "We're going to focus on the skills and knowledge they need to have to enter the classroom."

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shan palmer