In 2018, the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) opened rulemaking on the Standards of Effective Practice, which are the core set of knowledge and skills that all teacher candidates in Minnesota teacher preparation programs learn. Opening these regulations has created the opportunity for Minnesota to start rethinking how teacher candidates can and should be trained to equitably meet the needs of all students by taking into account their students’ interests, identities, life experiences, and aspirations—what we call student-centered learning.
Based on extensive stakeholder engagement, EE identified nine areas that we recommend the PELSB strengthen or add when drafting the new Standards of Effective Practice:
- Equity & Diverse Learners
- Positive Relationships & Student Ownership
- Positive Identity Development
- Social-Emotional Learning
- Collaborative Relationships with Families
- Collaborative Leadership
- Understanding Relevant Policies
We also examined the professional teaching standards in 45 states and the District of Columbia in order to find examples of language that aligned with our recommendations.