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Who’s Involved?

TPI currently has more than 90 University and P-12 participants on five different Working Groups and a Task Force that are investigating and making recommendations regarding best practices for teacher preparation and support to achieve this vision.

About the Bush Foundation

The mission of the Bush Foundation is to serve as a catalyst for the courageous leadership necessary to create sustainable solutions to tough public problems and ensure community vitality.  The Bush Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth, and today works in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and 23 native nations that share the same geography.

What is NExT?

The Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT) is a partnership of 14 teacher preparation programs and the Bush Foundation focusing on recruiting students, preparing them well, placing them in schools, and supporting them once they get there.  The teachers who enter classrooms with NExT training and support behind them will have the skills and training necessary to succeed in the classroom and to spark their students’ interests in and excitement about learning.  The NExT initiative is the largest single commitment in the Bush Foundation history.

P-12 Partners

The Teacher Preparation Initiative has six partner districts that are actively involved with the work of the initiative.  While SCSU has always had partnerships with P-12, these new relationships are deeper, more focused, and directly involve P-12 teachers, staff, and administration in the design, reform, and delivery of our teacher preparation programs.

Working Groups

The Teacher Preparation Initiative will transform all teacher preparation programs from the ground up, with as many stakeholders as possible.  Our approach is to create Working Groups, which include faculty, staff, and administrators from across the University and P-12 school districts.  Working Group members represent existing structures (departments, offices, committees, schools, licensure areas, etc.)  to provide a communication bridge, to provide a structure for sustainability, and not duplicate existing efforts.

Working Group Resources

Read articles and news items about SCSU’s Teacher Preparation Initiative, IGNITE.


The Teacher Preparation Initiative (TPI) will maximize teacher effectiveness and increase student achievement by transforming and strengthening teacher education through collaborative partnerships between SCSU and P-12 school districts.

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