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Teacher Education Policy Initiatives

Teacher Education Policy Initiatives

The Academic Strategies department develops and coordinates policy directives related to the preparation of Oregon teachers through the public universities in collaboration with Oregon School Districts and the Oregon Department of Education. The Department also coordinates efforts to inform Oregonians on pathways to become Oregon K-12 educators. For details on teacher education efforts and publications, go to Teacher Education Programs.


  • Minority Teacher Act Report (2011, PDF): reports OUS progress on producing a population of Oregon teachers with racial and cultural demographics that match the demographics of Oregon’s K-12 students.

System-wide and Collaborative Projects

  • Read Oregon (formerly CREADE): A collaborative project to provide graduate-level literacy courses for teachers and a reading endorsement via distance education.
  • No Child Left Behind University/School Partnerships (USP) Provides grants for K-12 teacher and principal recruitment, induction, and professional development support through K-16 partnerships.
  • PrISM Oregon (Preparation for Instruction in Science and Mathematics): A collaboration to provide graduate-level science and mathematics courses for PK-8 teachers using online and flexible formats.
  • APLU’s SMT Initiative: The OUS, Portland State University and Oregon State University are participants in the Science and Math Teacher Initiative of the Assoiciation of Public and Land-Grant Universities that seeks to increase the number of qualified K-12 science and mathematics teachers, which is particularly important due to the increased demand for these teachers resulting from the requirements of the new High School diploma.
  • NCATE’s Clinical Practice Alliance: The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education’s seven state effort to improve the effectiveness of new teachers by studying and applying the medical profession’s internship and residency model.
  • HB3619: A bill written by Rep. Betty Komp and signed by Governor Kulongoski in 2010 to examine methods to build stronger connections between teacher education institutions  and  employers of  education  professionals.
  • Common Core Standards for English-Language Arts and for Mathematics have been adopted by the Oregon Department of Education, and OUS’s Academic Strategies Department is determining both the impact of this adoption on post-secondary education and the OUS response to this adoption that will best serve K-12 and post-secondary students.