Teacher preparation already changing

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At the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, we agree with David Harris [Sept. 3 Forefront] that Gov. Mitch Daniels is in an exciting position to reform teacher preparation at Purdue. Some steps have already been taken there, with the governor’s endorsement.

In fact, at least two suggestions that Harris made—setting high standards for teacher preparation and making practice count—are the heart of the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship at Purdue, thanks to the governor’s willingness to champion the program, and we’re confident that his leadership there will bring still more powerful change.

Like Purdue, several other Indiana campuses—Ball State, IUPUI, UIndy—have already made significant progress toward providing a new model for teacher preparation. To the extent that these approaches are adopted around the state, Indiana can become an even stronger national leader in this area.

Stephanie J. Hull, executive vice president, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Princeton, N.J.

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