Foundation pledges $40 million to improve teacher training

The Bush Foundation has pledged $40 million to help 14 Midwest universities improve their teacher-training programs in the hopes of developing 25,000 effective teachers over the next decade. At the University of South Dakota, teacher training will include yearlong residencies -- similar to those of medical students -- to give teacher candidates more time in the classroom. The change moves educator training away from theory and is designed to improve classroom teaching, and help place highly qualified teachers in rural South Dakota schools, where they are needed most.

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