Our Stories

Defining Quality Educator Preparation

In December 2017, BranchED hosted a charrette, a convening of select key thinkers and leaders from MSI’s across the country that worked together to further inform and shape BranchED’s quality framework for educator preparation.

The charrette presented an opportunity for this forward-thinking group to evaluate educator preparation programs’ effectiveness, establish a process for their continuous improvement, and adapt best practices to meet the diverse needs of different institutions and communities.

After addressing these broader questions, participants identified some of the ingredients that make up the “special sauce” of educator preparation programs at minority serving institutions.

Charrette participants then split into small groups that provided focused feedback on BranchED’s quality framework for educator preparation, which establishes a new definition of quality; one where diversity, equity, and inclusion are embedded. This framework is designed to help BranchED and assorted educator preparation programs co-identify key areas for growth and pinpoint where they need the most assistance.

See below for some photos of the charrette in action!

Insights From Past Summits

June 2017 marked the effort’s second summit – Continuous Quality Improvement: From Roadblocks to Resources.

Leadership teams from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) met for four days to examine how to advance their data systems in order to best serve their candidates and improve programs and operations. Along with meeting with experts and coaches in the field, participants had time to meet as teams to create action plans.

The summit also provided the opportunity for attendees to hear the latest developments with the formation of the Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity and share their thoughts on ways to promote the launch of this new organization.

Take a look at our highlights of feedback from the summit:

“I used to think we were the only ones who struggled with data. Now I know we have support, can ask questions, and have a sounding board to help us move forward.”
“I thought the work ahead wasn’t achievable and that we were on an island by ourselves. Now we’re empowered, with resources and friends to call upon.”
“It seemed as if all roads to CAEP (accreditation) were blocked. Now, I feel empowered to build bridges to get from where we are to that critical end point.”