Celebrating over 45 years in the nation's service.

"To every young person listening tonight who's contemplating their career choice: If you want to make a difference in the life of our nation; if you want to make a difference in the life of a child -- become a teacher.  Your country needs you." -- President Obama

"The Program in Teacher Preparation, by giving our students the training they need to excel in America's classrooms, is strengthening the educational and social fabric of our nation and nourishing the spirit of service that defines our university."  -- President Shirley M. Tilghman

Current Notes and News

The QUEST registration deadline has been

extended to May 8, 2014.

Anne Catena, Ed.D. co-authored Preparing to teach in the "Next Generation” science classroom: insights from classroom practitioners.

 PUPP is currently seeking outstanding Princeton University undergraduates to serve as TA’s for the 2014 Summer Institute!

The Program in Teacher Preparation is excited to announce the U.S. Foundation Fellow to the Sherborne School. Applications are due March 7th with interviews the following week. For more information, visit here.


 TPP student, Emily Shields, is featured in a Princeton University  video describing a Dark Matter experiment for non-scientists. A great video for non-scientists, middle and high school students with an interest in studying physics.

 TPP co-sponsored the We Share Solar professional development program for middle and high school teachers on November 8 and 9, 2013.

Babara Todd,  TPP alum, and Al Jackson, Lisa Kiel and Balvir Singh, QUEST alums all attended! Teachers learned to teach about electric circuits using solar suitcases!

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A Conversation about American Education: Where We Have Been and Where We are Going 

with Andrew Delbanco, the Mendelson Family Chair of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University  and Stanley Katz, Director of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies and Professor in Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Teachers at all levels--from early childhood through college and university-- are contending with rising public anxiety about the cost and value of education.  What role can we play in helping young people become productive members of society, active citizens, and fulfilled human beings?  How best to teach in the digital age? How can we know if our teaching is effective--and to what end? How can we best make use of present research into human cognition as well as insights drawn from the past?  These are urgent questions that educators must help to frame and to answer; otherwise others will do it for us.

Read the article in The Daily Princetonian.

QUEST is featured on the Princeton Homepage

In QUEST, questions are the answer to better teaching

Each summer, select K-12 science teachers from New Jersey become the students as part of the QUEST (Questioning Underlies Effective Science Teaching) program run by Princeton University's Program in Teacher Preparation. The teachers spend a week with university-level researchers in the lab experimenting, or in the field observing and collecting evidence for self-designed research projects. And the point is to always ask questions. This summer QUEST included a program based at the state-owned Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education in Waretown, N.J., where teachers carried out research related to diamondback-terrapin conservation with a particular focus on the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Read more.

Adriana Moore 07' was named "Teacher of the Year" 2012-2013 at the Village Charter School in Trenton, NJ. She teaches 7th grade math and received this honor in her first year of teaching.

Distinguished Teachers' Award- Teacher Preparation and Princeton University honored four exceptional New Jersey secondary school teachers at its 2013 Commencement on Tuesday, June 4.

This year's honorees are Medha Jayant Kirtane, Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood; John McAllen, Point Pleasant Borough High School, Point Pleasant; Robert O'Boyle, Hopewell Valley Central High School, Pennington; and Deane Stepansky, Nutley High School, Nutley. Congratulations to all these very wonderful teachers. To read more, follow this link.

Urban Specialization is featured on the Princeton University homepage. Please visit this page to read the entire story.

Class Day at Teacher Prep. Monday, June 3, 2013 2:00 pm 4:00 pm. In the lobby of the Princeton University Press, 41 William Street (located on the corner of Charlton & William Street)

Teacher Prep celebrates   PUPP's   tenth graduating class , the class of 2013, on June 5th.

Be Prepared to Make a Difference 9 out of 10 employers of Teacher Prep alumni working in K-12 schools report that TPP graduates are Advanced Proficient or Superior in their teaching preparation as compared to teachers with similar years of experience. (2009-2013 TPP Alumni Employer Survey)
Teacher Prep alum help SPLASH with high school outreach

The Brooklyn Latin School with TPP alumnae, Principal Jason Griffiths, 97 and Teacher Kate Miller, 08, was recently named the #1 school in NYC by a national poll.

Dr. Steve Carson, a QUEST instructor has been named the 2013 NJ Outstanding Earth Science Teacher.
Barbara Todd, 98, Thomas Maltbaeck, 11, Nevena Rakonjac 13 and Edward Leung 16 will be participating in professional development with Teacher Preps QUEST summer institute.
Kathleen Chesmel 85 and Bonnie Lieu 06 will be teaching in the Princeton University Preparatory Program
Reid Frtiz 10 and Amelia Bensch-Schaus 13 chosen as U.S. Fellows to the Sherborne School

The Program in Teacher Preparation and The Latino Studies Program co-sponsored a talk entitled Diversity in the Classroom: How Racial Microaggressions Affect the Learning Environment on April 4, 2013. Prof. Daniel Solorzano, Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA presented an overview of the current research on Racial Microaggressions and discussed the implications for teaching, classroom interaction and learning.  In an increasingly diverse campus climate, discussions focused on how can teachers enhance the learning environment for students, as well as the working climate for themselves and their colleagues?


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Recent News



Michelle Shearer '95, the 2011 National Teacher of the Year, joined the students of TPP 301, the Seminar on Student Learning and Methods for Teaching, on March 12 for a Skype session on teaching special needs students.


On Feb. 4th  Anne Catena, Ed. D. and Barbara Todd, 98 presented at the 15th National New Teacher Center Symposium in San Jose, Ca.The presentation focused on Mentoring the Post-Novice Teacher: Addressing Retention and Engagement in Professional Growth.  Dr. Catena discussed teacher retention research, including some of my dissertation findings.  Ms. Todd, an alumni of Teacher Prep, shared ways that TPP supports our graduates in years 3-7 of teaching. Discussions focused on the knowledge, skills and values a teacher leader needs to develop. 


Professor Naomi Leonard, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, on January 15, 2013, led the QUEST follow-up Robotic Exploration in Environmental Monitoring

To view the full program for the 2012-13 Teachers as Scholars seminars, please visit here.

Many thanks to alumni who are mentoring TPP graduates as they begin teaching.  TPP is also grateful to faculty who support our novice teachers' academic growth while teaching.

Bess Spiro Li GS '87 and Matt DiDonato, '12 were honored with the 2012 New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award.

Teacher Prep alumni are teaching internationally. For more information on global teaching opportunities click here.

Princeton students and alumni can return at any time to complete the Teacher Prep certificate. The Daily Princetonian ran an article on students who choose to return for an extra semester at little or no cost to complete the program. 

INTERESTED IN EDUCATION OR TEACHING?  The Teacher Prep introductory courses are open to any Princeton student, space permitting.  Click on either of the following courses to find out more information: TPP 301 Seminar on Student Learning and Methods for Teaching or PSY 307 Educational Psychology.

Math and Science candidates may receive generous financial support from the Bilodeau-Overdeck Scholarship.


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