One weakness of many university teacher education programs is that the college students don't spend much time in the school system. They have to observe some, and they must do student teaching for a semester. But that's often not enough to prepare them for the rigors of managing a classroom — which is one reason so many new teachers leave the profession within five years. But a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help transform teacher training at Wichita State University. The five-year grant will establish professional development programs at 18 Wichita public schools. Education majors in the program will spend more time working alongside mentor teachers and will receive in-the-field training from professors. WSU has been an early innovator of such programs, which likely is one reason it received the grant.
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