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The Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization offers an opportunity for Congress to modernize the educator workforce.


As schools and districts innovate, it is critical to equip educators for their new roles. Educators need the knowledge and skills to succeed in competency-based learning environments. To personalize learning, teachers need to understand where students are in their learning and recommend next steps. It’s time to modernize educator preparation for a future-focused profession that better meets the needs of the 21st century demands on student learning.


  • Congress can reauthorize the Higher Education Act to encourage innovative teacher preparation programs.
  • HEA reauthorization could prioritize diversifying the teaching profession and making it more inclusive by removing barriers to black and brown teacher candidates’ success.
  • HEA reauthorization can focus on developing meaningful systems of assessments and evaluation.
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