All teachers need to be well prepared to help diverse students improve their reading skills. IRA calls for a significant national investment in teacher preparation in the United States, to ensure that every beginning teacher is competent to teach reading from the first day on the job.
To achieve consistent standards for teacher training, every U.S. teacher preparation program should ensure that its students have appropriate knowledge in
- Education foundations
- Instructional strategies and materials
- Assessment, diagnosis, and evaluation
- Creating a literate environment
- Opportunities for ongoing professional development
In addition to advocating for high-quality teacher preparation and professional development, we encourage more attention to work conditions that affect teacher performance and support research on the effectiveness of reading teacher preparation programs.