In 2009, the Minnesota Legislature asked the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and the Minnesota Department of Education to develop a report on teacher preparation.
Sec. 26. Laws 2009, chapter 95, article 2, section 40
Sec. 40. TEACHER EDUCATION REPORT.
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education and Minnesota Department of Education must report to the committees of the legislature with jurisdiction over teacher education on best practices in innovative teacher education programs and teacher education research. The report must include, at a minimum, information on: (1) teacher education preparation program curricula that will prepare prospective teachers to teach an increasingly diverse student population; (2) opportunities for mid-career professionals employed in professions in which there is a shortage of teachers to pursue a teaching career; and (3) enhancing the ability of teachers to use technology in the classroom. The report must be submitted by August 15, 2010. [Note: The due date for the report was changed from June 2010 to August 2010 in the 2010 legislative session.]
The Office of Higher Education contracted with MacCallum Ross Inc. and coordinated with the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Board of Teaching to design, gather information for and complete the report, which is available below in four sections.