Pre and Post Story Engagement
We are trying to increase readership through more conscious, systematic use of pre- and post-story engagement. Here's what that means:
What is the story? Why will anyone want to read it?What's the controversy or issue? (This can be just a sentence or two.)
The College of Education and Human Development at the U of M iscurrently considering partnering with TFA.
U says its “TERI” model is best for training teachers (Teacher
Education Redesign Initiative: http://www.cehd.umn.edu/teri/). It puts student
teachers in a classroom for one year before they get licensed. **Proposed U of M partnership would train TFA recruits for 5-8 weeks, maximum, before putting
them in charge of a classroom. U’s Cehd staff acknowledgeds this is not a good
model. Why host it, then? Would this legitimize a system the U finds fault with?There is no official plan to put in a separate 2 year TFA licensure program at this point.
Think about your audience and answer these questions:
Who are the primary stakeholders - people with a stake in the subject matter of your story?
Teachers, Parents, School Communities, UofM students and alumni,MN Taxpayers, U of M staff, College of Ed people, TFA recruitsand employees
Who needs the information that will be presented in the story?
MN residents unaware of this proposed partnership and theimplications of it; those with more of a vested interest who maywant to influence whether or not this happens. Also, people whowant to know why the U would consider this.
Who will be interested in reading this story?
Those interested in education, policy, the U of M, along withfamilies, teachers, etc.
List individuals or groups who will comprise this audience:
1) Teachers, Unions
2) TFA leadership (based in MN)
3) Parents, U of M staff, students, and alumni
(add more as needed)