Recently the Connecticut Mirror ran a story about 5th Grade teacher, Sharon Leger, who had revealed that as a new teacher she was never taught in college how to get, and keep, the attention of her students. She also said that never learned how to tailor her lessons to students who don’t speak English or have special education needs. Each year, 21 of the state’s public and private colleges graduate about 3500 teachers each year however in two national surveys, two out of every three new teachers felt they had not been properly prepared for the classroom.
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Last year, the Education Reform Bill created EPAC (Educator Preparation Advisory Committee) to work with the Board of Regents for Higher Education and the University of Connecticut to study issues concerning teacher preparation. Their recommendations are attached in the report below: