Giving Compass' Take:

• Erin Einhorn explains how the University of Michigan is changing the way that teachers are trained to improve teacher retention and student outcomes. 

• How can philanthropy support schools that want to change their teacher training programs? How does low teacher pay factor into this problem? 

• Learn about the benefits of increasing teacher training

After decades of training teachers in largely the same way, professors at the University of Michigan are making a radical change.

They’re moving to end the longtime practice of sending educators into their own classrooms after just a few months of student teaching.

In its place, they’re creating a new method — one based on the way doctors are trained — that will extend teacher training through their first three years on the job, supporting them as they take on the daunting responsibility of educating children.

Elizabeth Moje, the dean of the school of education at the University of Michigan, hopes her new approach will not only lead to better outcomes for kids, but will keep teachers in the classroom longer at a time when one in ten are leaving the profession after their first year.

She’s particularly hoping to keep teachers working in urban schools where students are more likely to be academically behind, but where limited resources for supporting teachers means that as many as 35 percent of new teachers leave the profession after their first year.

Read the full article about a new way to train teachers by Erin Einhorn at Chalkbeat.