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CALDER Policymakers Council Special Topics Conference: Breaking News on Teacher Preparation & Licensure

Better from The Start: Changing Preservice Requirements To Improve New Teacher Readiness

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – 1:00PM to 4:00PM Central Time
200 West 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105

This conference will focus on recent research on student teaching and the features of student teaching that may be important, (e.g. school setting, measures of the effectiveness and performance of cooperating/mentor teachers) for teacher candidate development. The conference will also touch on the implications of all this new work for policy, and make sure to reserve time for questions and discussion with attendees. Register here.

We invite you to learn more about the conference proceedings using the agenda below:

Special Topics Conference: Breaking News on Teacher Preparation & Licensure

March 20th, 2019

Kansas City Marriott Downtown| Basie Ballroom C/C1

200 West 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105

“Better from the Start: Changing Preservice Requirements to Improve New Teacher Readines”


1:00pm – 1:45pm

Connections Between Teacher Preparation and Licensure and the Policy Infrastructure Needed to Improve Preservice Preparation

Jim Wyckoff (Director of Education Policy PhD program and the Center on Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness at University of Virginia)


1:45pm – 2:00pm

Coffee Break


2:00pm – 3:00pm

New Evidence on the Role of Clinical Practice: Mentor Quality and Feedback on Student Teaching

Dan Goldhaber (Director, Vice President at CALDER/AIR)

Matt Ronfeldt (Associate Professor, University of Michigan)


3:00pm – 3:45pm

What Are the Challenges to Improving Teacher Preparation and Licensure Policy? Perspectives from 3 Teacher Education Reform States

Panel discussion including members of the CALDER Policymakers Council and invited guests.

Meagan Combs (Director of Educator Effectiveness, Department of Education., Massachusetts),

Kevin Schaaf (Human Capital Research Manager, Tennessee Department of Education)

Hannah Dietsch (Assistant Superintendent at Louisiana Department of Education)


3:45pm – 4:15pm

Open ended: questions and discussion with audience