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National Council on Teacher Quality - The National Council on Teacher Quality advocates for reforms in a broad range of teacher policies at the federal, state, and local levels in order to increase the number of effective teachers. In particular they recognize the absence of much of the evidence necessary to make a compelling case for change and seek to fill that void with a research agenda that has direct and practical implications for policy. They are committed to lending transparency and increasing public awareness about the four sets of institutions that have the greatest impact on teacher quality: states, teacher preparation programs, school districts and teachers' unions....

The New Teacher Center - Housed at the University of California at Santa Cruz, this is the first center of its kind in the United States and is devoted exclusively to conducting research and providing technical assistance in issues of teacher mentoring and induction. Researchers are currently examining how teacher induction and mentorship programs affect teacher quality, retention and professional development, as well as student achievement....

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) - AACTE is a national, voluntary association of colleges and universities with undergraduate or graduate programs that prepare professional educators. This Web site provides information on accreditation and governmental issues pertaining to teacher preparation issues....

National Center for Education Information (NCEI) - NCEI is a private, nonpartisan research organization specializing in survey research and data analysis. It offers many sources of information about alternative teacher preparation and certification, has conducted several national and state studies of teachers, school administrators, school board presidents, state departments of education, local school districts and individuals interested in becoming teachers. In addition, NCEI has produced numerous data-based reports in the last decade that can be downloaded or ordered from this Web site....

Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) - TEAC is a nonprofit organization of institutions of higher education and other groups and individuals devoted to improving academic degree programs for professional educators. The council's primary work is assuring program quality by verifying evidence that institutions of higher education prepare competent, caring and qualified professional educators. The accreditation process, publications and other related information can be found here....

State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) - SHEEO is a nonprofit, nationwide association of the chief executive officers serving statewide coordinating and governing boards of postsecondary education. This site offers multiple publications and Web links on key issue areas of P-16 reform, including: K-16 initiatives, teacher education, remediation, admissions, early outreach, curricular reform, access and diversity, and workforce development. SHEEO's recent project, Enhancing the Teaching Profession: The Importance of Mobility to Recruitment and Retention, has produced several new publications....


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