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Student teachers — the supply and demand of mentors

I attended the release of the report on student teaching by National Council on Teacher Quality this morning. Others have reported on the ratings NCTQ gave the student teacher programs, so I won’t dwell on that. But the report made me think: How often do reporters look at student teaching and what kinds of stories are usually written?

Have you talked to your schools of education about the student teacher program and whether your school districts have capacity to handle the volume of student teachers that need the real-life experience? That really struck me about the report: sometimes ed schools had to beg principals to take their student teachers. I also wonder if the stronger accountability efforts have left talented teachers unwilling to mentor because they don’t have time or motivation.

This post originally appeared on EWA’s now-defunct online community, EdMedia Commons. Old content from EMC will appear in the Ed Beat archives.