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Teacher Preparation Research Alliance


The Teacher Preparation Research Alliance brings together state education agency leaders responsible for teacher education program review and credentialing, representatives of traditional and alternative teacher preparation programs, and district leaders engaged in teacher preparation partnerships. Alliance members develop and use research to increase the readiness of teachers entering the profession, better understand the relationship between teacher preparation and teacher and student outcomes, and inform policy and practice related to preparing teachers for the workforce.


  • Increase access to and use of research and data to support improvements in teacher preparation.
  • Conduct research and build capacity to understand teacher preparation program experiences, program outcomes, and workforce patterns.


Susan MundrySusan Mundry
Senior Program Director
REL Northeast & Islands

Karen ShakmanKaren Shakman
Research Scientist
REL Northeast & Islands


REL Northeast & Islands is partnering with the New Hampshire Department of Education (NH DOE) and representatives from the state’s Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) Network to develop a data catalog related to teacher preparation program experiences and outcomes for teacher candidates and graduates. The catalog will organize data previously collected by NH DOE and the IHE Network and will inform the state as it plans to implement new data requirements associated with program approval. The project will also provide valuable information on the potential for teacher preparation research to inform program improvements.
Education leaders in Rhode Island are concerned that many early career teachers are leaving the profession or not teaching in the grade level or subject area in which they were initially trained and certified. To better understand these trends, the Rhode Island Department of Education has partnered with REL Northeast & Islands to investigate the mobility and retention rates of early career teachers. Specifically, the study is exploring whether there is a relationship between where a teacher is prepared in Rhode Island and teacher mobility, retention, employment in the certificate area in which the teacher was prepared, and whether the teacher is working in a high-needs district. Learn more.
Dr. Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools at Boston College, discusses three broad bodies of research in teacher preparation—accountability, effectiveness, and policies; teacher preparation for the knowledge society; and teacher preparation for diversity and equity—and key findings within each line of research. She also describes a conceptual framework she has developed for “putting equity at the center” of teacher preparation. A panel of practitioners representing state education agencies, higher education, and alternative preparation programs discuss their efforts to promote equity in teacher preparation and their current research needs. View event details.


Name Title Organization State/Territory
Allison Armour-Garb P-20 Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning, Office of Higher Education New York State Education Department New York
Sarah Barzee Division Director, Bureau of Educator Effectiveness and Professional Learning Connecticut State Department of Education Connecticut
David T. Cataffa Assistant Provost for Educator Preparation The State University of New York-Albany New York
John D’Agati Deputy Commissioner for Higher Education New York State Education Department New York
Nicole DellaRocco State Specialist for Educator Preparation, Center for Educator Effectiveness Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Massachusetts
Lisa Foehr Director of Educator Quality and Certification Rhode Island Department of Education Rhode Island
Laura Glass Coordinator of Education Programs, Office of Higher Education New York State Education Department New York
Nicole Heimarck Government Affairs Director New Hampshire School Board Association New Hampshire
Edward Liu Chief Improvement Officer Boston Plan for Excellence/Boston Teacher Residency Massachusetts
Angel Loredo Higher Education Specialist Maine Department of Education Maine
Barbara Moody Professor of Teacher Education Husson University Maine
Adam Moore Professor of Teacher Education University of Rhode Island Rhode Island
Debra Price Director of Educator Quality Vermont Agency of Education Vermont
Emilie Reagan Professor of Teacher Education University of New Hampshire New Hampshire
Page Tompkins Executive Director Upper Valley Educators Institute New Hampshire