Dollars and Sense: Federal Investments in Our Educator Workforce

Karen DeMoss

Prepared to Teach, Bank Street College of Education

May 2021

Supporting aspiring educators during preparation is essential. The field is ready to embrace shifts that will make teacher preparation more uniformly strong, sustainable, and equitably accessible—investments in preparation will make such shifts possible. This report makes the case for a renewed commitment to excellent teacher preparation, made possible by federal investments.

When the Sustainability Project was conceived, the research team wanted to create a set of resources that would be as broadly applicable as possible. We hoped to learn from those with an interest in sustainability principles for high-quality teacher preparation, so we reached out to leaders across more than 120 professional, philanthropic, district, state, and higher education organizations to invite them to inform the project with ideas for us to consider.