The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is reinventing American teacher preparation.
NEW WAYS TO PREPARE TEACHERS
The WW Academy is initially offering competency-based master’s in education programs in middle- and secondary-school science, technology/engineering, and math (STEM) teacher education. Other fields will follow. School leadership programs will be added after the teacher education program is fully operational. In the future, the Academy plans to offer professional development programs and serve as an examining/certification center for teacher and school leader licensure.
THE WW ACADEMY’S TEACHING AND LEARNING LAB
The Academy’s Teaching and Learning Lab will engage in two activities—studying what works in the education of teachers and school leaders and developing tools and products to advance teacher and school leader education. In addition, the Academy Lab, in cooperation with MIT and other partners, will develop products to advance competency-based teacher and school leadership preparation.
For too long, teacher education has relied on methods and approaches that simply have not adapted to reflect the challenges of the times. The WW Academy, in collaboration with MIT, seeks to offer real solutions that will help our nation’s universities, school districts, and educators. Arthur Levine Founding President
TRANSFORMING AMERICA’S SCHOOLS OF EDUCATION
The WW Academy aspires to become a model for teacher and school leader preparation programs around the nation. It will work on an open-source basis with college and university partners to share its model, whether as a whole or through various components. The Academy will also disseminate and publicize its work, targeting its research at policymakers and education leaders eager for improvement in teacher and school leadership education and under pressure to achieve it.