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Chicago Teacher Pathways Project

Primary Investigator(s): Matthew Ronfeldt

Funding Agency: National Louis University/University of Chicago/Spencer Foundation

Period: 7/1/2014 - 7/1/2018

The Chicago Teaching Pathways Project will follow the cohort of approximately 1,800 student teachers in CPS during the 2014-15 academic year to examine the longitudinal effects of their preparation experiences on their intended and actual career trajectories and instructional quality in local schools. The study will draw upon pre- and post-student teaching surveys, mentor teacher surveys, and extensive district administrative information on teachers and schools, including job applications, employment, and teacher evaluation data.This project will help district and preparation program stakeholders better understand which features of student teaching are predictive of career trajectories and performance, with a particular focus on mentor teachers and placement settings. Findings will have implications for how to improve teacher preparation and the talent acquisition pipeline in CPS.