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Midwest Alliance to Improve Teacher Preparation

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Partnership Facilitator

Steve Dibb

Research Liaison

Natalya Gnedko-Berry

Partnership Objective

The objective of the Midwest Alliance to Improve Teacher Preparation is to leverage existing data on education preparation providers to explore teacher preparation models, examine relationships between existing models and teacher and student outcomes, and examine the implementation of changes in Michigan Department of Education policy.


  • Rajeshri Bhatia, Grand Valley State University
  • Erika Bolig, Director of Evaluation, Strategic Research and Accountability, Michigan Department of Education
  • Douglas Braschler, Director of National Accreditation, Education Department, Hope College
  • Leah Breen, Director, Office of Professional Preparation Services, Michigan Department of Education
  • Corey Drake, Associate Chair, College of Education, Michigan State University
  • Paul Helder, Director, Michigan Education Association
  • Sarah-Kate LaVan, Michigan Department of Education
  • Jason Mellema, Superintendent, Ionia County Intermediate School District
  • Laura Moellering, Choice Schools Associates
  • Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, Professor and Dean of Education and Human Services, Central Michigan University
  • Emily Pohlonski, Teacher, Novi Community School District
  • Jared Robinson, Assistant Director, Office of Educator Talent, Michigan Department of Education

Training, Coaching, and Technical Support Projects

Exploring the Potential of Clinically Oriented Teacher Preparation Programs for Michigan

The Michigan Department of Education and REL Midwest conducted a two-part training to explore the potential of clinically oriented teacher preparation programs, or teacher residencies, in Michigan. During in-person sessions, higher education and K-12 representatives from across Michigan came together to learn about teacher residencies and to identify opportunities for potential partnerships between the higher education and K-12 sectors. REL Midwest generated a training handout that describes characteristics of successful clinically oriented teacher preparation programs, and profiles 10 of these programs throughout the United States, including 2 in Michigan.

Works in Progress

Examining Teacher Shortage and Surplus in Michigan

This study will examine existing teacher-, school-, and district-level data from school years 2008/09 to 2015/16 to describe patterns and trends in the supply and demand of teachers and teacher shortage and surplus in public schools in Michigan. In addition, the study will project teacher shortage and surplus in Michigan during the next five years.