Competencies, challenges, and changes: A US perspective on preparing twenty-first century teachers and leaders

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This chapter articulates the challenge that educators, school leaders, and teacher educators face today in preparing learners for their future, given the reality of students’ and teachers’ lives today. It then provides a US perspective on teacher and leader preparation, specifically related to the use of ICT and goals of preparing individuals for twenty-first century expectations. It explores the pressures, issues, regulations, challenges, and goals of preparing educators and leaders for the schools our students need. Through a review of the extant literature and current trends, readers will gain knowledge of best practices and recommendations for future steps. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.