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MTSU College of Education Dean Lana Seivers, left, chats with former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, founder and chairman of SCORE (State Collaborative on Reforming Education), at a signing ceremony held Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Homer Pittard Campus School, a K-5 teaching laboratory school owned by MTSU and operated by Rutherford County Schools. Looking on are SCORE President and CEO David Mansouri, center left, and MTSU Board of Trustees Chairman Stephen Smith. Middle Tennessee State University and SCORE signed an agreement that seeks to improve teacher training within the university’s College of Education. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Middle Tennessee State University announced last Wednesday a first-of-its-kind partnership focused on bringing research-supported innovations to how the university prepares students to become K-12 teachers.

MTSU and the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) have signed a three-year renewable agreement to develop an innovative strategy for the MTSU College of Education. MTSU offers one of Tennessee’s largest teacher preparation programs, preparing almost 10 percent of the state’s teacher prep completers annually.

SCORE is a Tennessee education research and advocacy nonprofit working to drive transformative change in education so all students can succeed. For the partnership with MTSU, SCORE has partnered with Education First, a professional services firm focused on impacting education systems, teachers, and students to achieve more equitable and effective public education.

“Teachers have the greatest in-school impact on student learning, and we know that effective educator preparation is connected to effective teaching,” SCORE President and CEO David Mansouri said. “MTSU is seizing the opportunity to improve teacher preparation, helping Tennessee to become a national leader in this important work. The outcome will be teachers who begin their careers ready to help our students learn at their highest levels.”

Education First will analyze data, access cutting-edge research on best practices and work with MTSU leadership and faculty to develop innovative ideas. Together, Education First and SCORE will leverage relationships with national experts to assist MTSU in developing a strategic plan aimed at transforming the development of effective educators.

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