Behind the Headline: To Build a Better Teacher, Harvard Launches Program Aimed at Quality

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To Build a Better Teacher, Harvard Launches Program Aimed at Quality
Washington Post | 11/27/15

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A New Type of Ed School
Education Next | Fall 2012

Harvard is launching a new training program for teachers that will combine instruction in teaching methods with practice in the classroom under the supervision of a mentor.

The fellowship will last three years. For the first semester and the first summer, participants will take courses in pedagogy and do some teaching. During the next school year, fellows will teach part time (two or three classes a day) while working with a mentor, being coached by a Harvard faculty adviser, and taking an online Harvard course. After that the fellows will teach full time but go back to Harvard for retreats, conferences and summer courses.

As Lyndsey Layton notes in the Washington Post, “Thanks to $18 million from private donors, who wish to remain anonymous, the program is free to fellows.”


Earlier this year, MIT announced that it would be creating a new kind of teacher training program.

June Kronholz wrote about another innovation in teacher training, the Relay Graduate School of Education, in the Fall 2012 issue of Ed Next.

Meredith Liu wrote about online teacher training programs in the Summer 2013 issue of Ed Next.

Katherine Newman wrote about some alternative teacher training programs in the Spring 2009 issue of Ed Next.

—Education Next

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