The importance student teaching can play in setting up a teacher for career success is widely acknowledged. There has been much research and many recommendations generated around best practices and how to improve outcomes and bring more equity and consistency to the experience. Nevertheless, many of the recommendations failed to take into account the true complexity of the structural relationships between institutions, the need to build stronger partnerships, and the challenges of the logistics of cultivating pools of strong mentors and making matches that serve the needs of student teachers and district pipelines.
Torace was born out of the desire to provide leaders with a tool that would facilitate the strategies to bring consistency, quality, and equity to clinical experiences. Originally intended to support student teaching placements and later expanded to support matching more broadly, we learned a lot during the process of gathering data, soliciting stakeholder perspectives, and testing approaches. The following resources are intended to share those learnings with the field and provide some concrete tools tailored to specific roles and contexts that can support innovations in program design and implementation.
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Understanding Your Context
Get orientated to the work by learning more about the context of your program. Know where you are so that you know where you want to go.
Learn About What is Possible
Shift your perspective on the work to understand how you can do more with your matching.
Blog Article: Drivers of a Good Matching Process
Blog Article: 5 Recommendations for Strengthening Student Teaching
Provide a better match experience for everyone involved by engaging in continuous improvement. Take action to improve your match process by using the templates and resources below.
For Educator Preparation Programs
Need a Custom Solution?
Request a demo to receive a one-on-one consultation with Team Torace to learn more about how your organization can strengthen the student teaching experience for both mentor teachers and student teachers to recruit and retain talent. After completing the demo request, Team Torace will reach out to help your team identify and customize the right approach to achieve your organization's goals.