On April 6, Senators Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Michael Bennet, D-Colo., John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Mark Warner, D-Va., introduced The Elevating Educator Preparation through Innovation Act—a bipartisan bill to improve professional development opportunities for teachers in high-need school districts. Urban Teachers Washington, DC Executive Director shared her support for the bill. She said: "The Elevating Educator Preparation through Innovation Act creates an opportunity for greater communication between teacher providers and districts. This ensures that candidates will receive the clinical experiences and support needed to effectively teach students in high-need schools. This feedback loop assists teacher providers in making meaningful and informed improvements to their programs and in improving districts' ability to provide relevant professional development to new teachers – furthering their practice and improving outcomes for students.” Click here to read the full press release.