Education leaders say they plan to make teaching a more respected profession by reforming the way teachers are trained and improving the relationship between colleges and school districts. A panel of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, which accredits more than 600 colleges and programs that train teachers, will meet this week to develop recommendations for reform. The panel of educators and policy experts will "identify what the best practices are in strong clinical preparation and in preparing teachers to more effectively teach diverse learners," said NCATE President James Cibulka.

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