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Education reform through TC2

December 10, 2009

Staff of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, along with faculty from the Education and Mathematics Departments, make up the Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative team at Augsburg College.

Augsburg is one of six colleges that together have accepted the challenge from the
Bush Foundation to improve teacher effectiveness and, as a result, to reduce educational disparities between white students and students of color and to increase numbers of students in post-secondary education.

The Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative (TC2), with a $7 million grant from the Bush Foundation, will launch five new and interconnected teacher preparation initiatives: a recruitment process; an Institute for Professional Mentors; a residency program; an Induction Center; and an Assessment/ Accountability Center.

TC2 is one of the projects funded under a $40 million grant from the Bush Foundation to rethink the training of teachers to offset a loss in the next decade of up to one-half of all current teachers who may retire or leave teaching. It is the largest single investment the foundation has made. Other schools receiving Bush Foundation funding are Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University, Moorhead; St. Cloud State University, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Winona State University; University of South Dakota; North Dakota State University; and Valley City State University.

Bush Foundation launches 10-year effort to close student achievement gap

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