The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Teacher Preparation Initiative is a 10-year initiative involving 14 higher education institutions across Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The initiative is supported by the Bush Foundation who awarded $40.5 million and formed the Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT) to re-envision teacher preparation. A crucial part of the Bush Foundation’s goal in the next 10 years is to increase by 50 percent the number of students in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, from pre-kindergarten to college, who are on track to earn a degree after high school, and eliminating disparities among diverse student groups.
The Teacher Preparation Initiative will strengthen St. Cloud State University's teacher preparation programs through a strong, active partnership with Arts and Science faculty, Education faculty and P-12 school districts.