As someone who leads or works in an institution of higher education (IHE), your role in the improvement of early education may not be obvious. But in fact, IHEs have a significant role to play in helping to transform the early education workforce. Teacher preparation programs in particular have a responsibility to respond and reform as new insights emerge from the science of learning and reveal more effective ways to help educators support children’s growth and development. This section of our guidebook draws out the information from Transforming the Workforce most relevant to IHEs. It is intended for college presidents, state boards of higher education, preparation program administrators, deans, teacher educators, and other faculty members. The summaries and questions below should help higher education leaders think through ways to reform and restructure their programs.
For additional guidance, we urge you to check out our resources section with relevant materials from the National Academy of Medicine, New America, and other leading organizations, as well as our glossary of key terms from the report.