Reforms to improve the quality of Iowa's teachers must include improvements and accountability for the colleges that train them, strong principals, and better support once teachers reach the classroom, a panel of national educators said during Monday's education summit.
Teachers also need more useful evaluations that are tied to student achievement and increased on-the-job training before receiving their licenses, the panelists said.
"The reality is that overall as a nation we have an uneven system in preparing teachers, and that has to be reversed," said James Cibulka, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education president.
The six panelists spoke to more than 1,600 teachers, administrators, higher education officials, business leaders and lawmakers on the summit's opening day.
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