Being a small program, we have some unusual outside collaborations:
- Our research partner is Harvard’s EdLabs, led by professor Roland Fryer. We work together to find new ways to make teachers better and their jobs easier.
- Our evaluation partner is Harvard’s Center for Education Policy. They are among the nation's leaders in examining various ways to evaluate teachers. We hope to constantly improve our own evaluation as the CEP draws lessons from around the USA.
- Our graduate students have borrowing privileges at Harvard's Gutman Library.
- We collaborate with many leaders from Boston area teacher preparation programs, to exchange ideas on "what works."
- We participate in the New Schools Venture Fund "Community of Practice." This brings together leaders from many of the nation's leading teacher prep programs, both traditional and alternative.
We try to learn from Relay Graduate School of Education (leaders in assessing graduate students based on how the K-12 students perform); Teach For America (well-known for its prowess in attracting terrific college seniors into education, less known for their fascinating research work in supporting and developing teachers); and University of Michigan (whose TeachingWorks division seeks to explore how best to prepare young teachers).
Our work at Sposato aligns with many education policy goals:
- Meets Governor Deval Patrick’s challenge to high performing charter schools to share innovations with other schools and districts in Massachusetts;
- Provides high caliber teachers specifically trained to staff urban charters schools and turnaround schools, augmenting the quality of charter school growth and contributing to the success of the critical turnaround efforts taking place within the persistently lowest performing schools, particularly in Greater Boston;
- Aligns with the priorities articulated by Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville in the Massachusetts Race to the Top proposal;
- Embodies some changes in teacher preparation called for by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; and
- Supports the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education goals of improving coordination of higher education with K-12, and preparing more inner-city students to succeed at the public universities of Massachusetts (by supplying well-trained teachers to inner-city charter schools which specialize in this mission).
Click below to hear from our partners Deborah Ball, Dean of University of Michigan's School of Education and Paul Reville, Massachusetts Secretary of Education.