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Seeking Consensus on Quality Science-Math Teacher Preparation


"In 2008, APLU launched its Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative (SMTI), the goal of which is to increase the quantity and quality of secondary science and mathematics teachers. To better define 'quality' SMTI staff, Jennifer Presley and Charles Coble and consultants interviewed 32 national teacher preparation experts, practicing teachers and policy leaders and conducted group interviews with representatives of six disciplinary or professional societies - from October 2011 to May 2012. Using a standard interview protocol, respondents were asked to describe their vision of an ideal science and mathematics preparation program. A clear consensus emerged and synthesized into four thematic briefs and the focus of an invitational conference in Boulder, Colorado, April 2012."