Study Group

Spencer Spokane Student Teaching

Local school systems have significant control over important policy levers affecting the quality of the teacher workforce: the recruitment and selection of teachers into the workforce. Previous work conducted by our partnership has studied one aspect of this process – the selection of teacher applicants – and we now seek to study another aspect of this process, the important role of student teaching placements in defining the applicant pool for Spokane’s future teacher workforce.

The work proposed here provides greater structure to student teaching placements in Spokane Public Schools (SPS), establishes a framework for collecting better data about student teachers and the cooperating teachers who supervise their internships, and will allow SPS to use data about student teachers to inform hiring decisions.

The project will culminate the development a follow-up proposal to study whether information collected about student teachers is predictive of the future performance of those hired into the workforce. This proposal builds on prior work by our partnership, complements ongoing research about student teaching at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the Center for Education Data and Research (CEDR), and is intended to strengthen our partnership into the future.

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Goldhaber, D., Grout, C., Harmon, K., & Theobald, R. (2019). A practical guide to challenges and opportunities in student teaching: A school district’s perspective. WERA Educational Journal, 12(1), 13-25.

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OUR PUBLICATIONS

TEACHER RECRUITMENT & SELECTION

A long-standing researcher-practitioner partnership between CEDR and Spokane Public Schools (SPS) has connected data collected during the teacher hiring process in SPS to later teacher outcomes in SPS and other district in Washington

SCHOOL RESOURCES &
EQUITY

CEDR projects have investigated the connections between school resources (e.g., textbook adoption) and students' educational trajectories and outcomes.

POSTSECONDARY
EDUCATION

CEDR projects have explored the impact of programs like Washington's College Bound Scholarship program and students' postsecondary outcomes.

TEACHER PREPARATION & LICENSURE

CEDR projects including the Teacher Education Learning Collaborative (TELC; www.telc.us), the Improving Student Teaching Initiative (ISTI), and others have investigated the connections between specific teacher preparation experiences and measures collected during teacher licensure and later outcomes for teacher candidates.

SPECIAL EDUCATION &
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

CEDR has participated in several projects related to the participation of students with disabilities in career and technical education (CTE) and the extent to which this participation predicts later outcomes

TEACHER LABOR
MARKETS 

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN EDUCATION SYSTEMS & LABOR MARKET OUTCOMES

CEDR projects have investigated the connections between school resources (e.g., textbook adoption) and students' educational trajectories and outcomes.

CEDR has studied processes and outcomes in the teacher labor market like teacher collective bargaining agreements, teacher quality gaps, and teacher layoffs and their connections to student achievement

TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS & EFFECTIVENESS

CEDR projects have explored the impact of programs like Washington's College Bound Scholarship program and students' postsecondary outcomes.

TEACHER
PENSIONS

CEDR researchers have studied the teacher pension system in Washington and other states and investigated the connections between pensions systems and teachers' career paths and effectiveness.