The University of South Dakota School of Education has been selected by the Bush Foundation to participate in a partnership focused on transforming teacher-preparation programs in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Collectively, the institutions will produce at least 25,000 new, effective teachers in the next 10 years. This number represents virtually all of the new teachers that will be needed in the three states in the next decade.

In addition, the institutions are guaranteeing the effectiveness of teachers who graduate from their redesigned programs. To accomplish this goal, the institutions will transform how they recruit, prepare, place and support new teachers and how they work with their K-12 partners. The Foundation plans to invest more than $40 million over the next decade support their success.