Deans for Impact and its member deans believe that data are an essential tool for helping programs understand how to better prepare teachers and, ultimately, to improve student outcomes. But to quote one of our founding members, it’s not enough to simply gather the data – it’s just as important to know how to use it to improve. For this reason, we believe efforts to gather empirical evidence of teacher-candidate knowledge and skills, and educator-preparation program performance, should be coupled with dedicated capacity-building support. We place a particular emphasis on collecting common, comparable data, and using common instruments, so that programs can work together to amplify existing strengths and address challenge areas.
What We Do
We are presently working with our member-led programs to develop a Common Indicators System (CIS) to gather evidence of teacher-candidate knowledge and skills, and program performance. Data collected through the CIS empowers participating programs to engage in cross-institutional learning. Together, this network aims to achieve three goals:
- Improve data uniformity and comparability across programs
- Support study into promising practices in educator preparation
- Contribute to the evidence base on educator preparation
Thirteen diverse institutions are participating in the CIS prototype during the 2017-18 academic year, and collecting common data on the development of more than 1,500 teacher-candidates.
How to Get Involved
Although the CIS is currently being prototyped with participating member-led programs only, we plan to open participation to interested programs in the future. For more information about how to get involved, please contact Tracey Weinstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.