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Lynch School awarded $5 million to improve education at the source

The Lynch School of Education has received a five-year grant of $5 million from the Carnegie Corporation to participate in Teachers for a New Era (TNE), an initiative to strengthen teacher training that is funded also by the Annenberg, Ford, and Rockefeller foundations.

TNE aims to bolster K–12 education by supporting training programs that will offer original research, extensive field experience, and a rigorous arts and sciences education for future teachers. Since the program was launched two years ago, 11 institutions, among them the Bank Street College of Education, the University of Virginia, and Stanford University, have accepted invitations to take part.

John J. Burns, associate academic vice president for undergraduate programs, will serve as Boston College's
TNE project manager. The grant, which BC is committed to match, will enable the University to extend its partnerships with the Boston Public Schools (LSOE has collaborated with 19 local schools over the past decade). The funds will bring more public school teachers to BC to team-teach with Lynch School faculty; and there are plans to establish full-time student-teaching placements within five area schools. A portion of the TNE grant will provide mentoring and seminars for recent LSOE graduates.

TNE will also fund an extensive study of Lynch School graduates and their pupils, according to LSOE professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith, who collaborated on the grant proposal. The study will incorporate existing data from state-mandated assessment tests and other sources, says Cochran-Smith, along with new, qualitative measures of teachers' effectiveness.

Nicole Estvanik

 

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