Ranks Teacher Prep
whose preparation courses featured quality reading instruction
typically provide their students with a “richer literacy experience”
an teachers who attended an institution that did not stress reading,
according to a new study issued by the International Reading Association
The IRA’s National Commission on Excellence in Elementary Teacher
Preparation for Reading Instruction, a three year study of excellence
in four-year undergraduate teacher preparation programs in the
United States, identified features of excellence at eight sites:
Florida International University, in Miami; Hunter College, New
York City; Indiana University, Bloomington and Indianapolis; Norfolk
State University, Virginia; University of Nevada, Reno; University
of Texas, Austin; University of Texas, San Antonio; and the University
of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Several of the features of excellence defined by the study include:
1. Mission: programs based on clearly articulated institutional
2. Vision: faculty has a clear vision of how the mission is instituted.
3. Personalized Teaching: faculty and school personnel model the
student centered learning they expect their students to use in
4. Apprenticeship: carefully supervised apprenticeship experiences.
5. Content: based upon current research and professional standards,
programs deliver broad-based content to best meet the needs of
6. Standards: a discriminating admissions /entry/exit continuum
of procedures for maintaining standards and academic accountability,
both supportive of diverse candidates and aimed at producing quality
more information visit the IRA at www.reading.org or contact Richard
H. Johnson at email@example.com.
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