Gates Foundation “Transformation Centers” For Teachers

PolitiChicks.comThe Gates Foundation has donated 34.7 million dollars to “Teacher Preparation Transformation Centers.”  Here is the synopsis of where the centers will be and what they will do.

The five Teacher Preparation Transformation Centers are:

  • Elevate Preparation, Impact Children (EPIC), led by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education;
  • National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR);
  • Teacher2, led by the Relay Graduate School of Education;
  • TeachingWorks at the University of Michigan; and
  • University-School Partnerships for the Renewal of Educator Preparation (U.S.PREP) National Center, based at Texas Tech University.

The announcement represents the foundation’s first investment as part of its teacher preparation strategy, which launched in April 2015 and is focused on supporting programs that:

  • Give candidates authentic opportunities to build and refine their skills;
  • Commit to continuous improvement and accountability;
  • Ensure that those who prepare new teachers are effective; and
  • Are shaped by K-12 systems and the communities they serve.

Notice it’s the FIRST investment in better preparing teachers. There will obviously be “best practices” outlining what the young teachers fresh out of college will be learning in order to better serve the students they teach in the future.

However, this appears to be the first step in spreading the indoctrination further beyond the collegiate indoctrination centers that young people graduate from in this day and age. The techniques they will pound into the moldable minds of their students will directly impact what they then turn around and indoctrinate into their own students when they become teachers at the local K-12. It will also help teachers to better use and analyze the data they collect on kids.

Of course the Transformation Centers will keep track of how the techniques are working.  And is it just me, or does “Transformation Center” sound really creepy?


Macey France

Oregon PolitiChick Macey France is co-founder of the Stop Common Core in Oregon and is working with parents across the state to educate and help them to learn how to advocate for their children's education. Macey has spoken at many Common Core informational meetings across the state of Oregon. Macey's articles on Common Core have been picked up by various news outlets and she has been a guest on many radio shows across the nation. Macey's article about The Bluest Eye was featured on a panel on Al Jazeera America and was nominated for a CPAC Blogger Award for Best Sunlight Post of 2013. Macey is a strong conservative with libertarian leanings, making her more of a "conservatarian." Preserving the constitutional and moral values of that this great nation was founded on for her children is her priority. She is a stay at home mom of two boys who are now in elementary school. As a mom who has always been interested in politics, religion and all of the taboo subjects, she has always had a lot to say about the state of the nation. When she realized the Common Core Standards were not only bad news for children but a government coup over education, she decided to fight back and is now considered one of the nation's leading experts on all-things-Common Core. When she's not having uncomfortable arguments with strangers on Facebook she can be found spending time with her husband of 15 years and two sons. Find Macey France on Facebook and Twitter: @MaceyFrancePC

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