By Learning Forward
October 2018
Vol. 39 No. 5
LICENSURE POLICY Rethinking Relicensure: Promoting Professional Learning Through Teacher Licensure Policies New America, August 2018 New America examined whether and how teacher licensure requirements in the U.S. encourage meaningful professional learning. Looking across all 50 states, they discovered that the short answer is no. Most policies failed to encourage learning that is relevant, sustained, or job-embedded. Furthermore, they tended to emphasize “seat time” and failed to examine whether teachers actually learned or changed their practice. Overall, the report finds that states are “squandering a great opportunity” to promote effective professional learning and student growth, but it did find bright spots in a few states and makes recommendations for improving relicensure policies. TEACHER SHORTAGES Taking the Long View: State Efforts to Solve Teacher Shortages by

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