ERIC Number: ED231817
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-15
Reference Count: 0
Restructuring Careers in Teaching. Issuegram 41.
One approach to raising the appeal of the teaching profession ties diagnostic evaluations to promotions and creates a career ladder for teachers. Changes in career opportunities for teachers may be possible, if proposals like those prepared in North Carolina by the Charlotte-Mecklenberg school district or in the state of Tennessee are widely adopted. Both proposals link evaluations of teaching practice to advancement and establish long-term opportunities for teachers. The Charlotte-Mecklenberg school district plan promotes continuing professional development and encourages outstanding performance by all teachers. This career structure proposes different levels of teachers. Beginning teachers would be "provisional teachers" who, after time, graduate to "career candidates," and then to "first-level,""second-level," and "third-level" career teachers. Evaluation and training would take place at all levels for all teachers. Tennessee's Master Teacher Proposal defines four levels of teachers: apprentice, professional, senior, and master. All teachers would have a five-year license at one of these levels. This master teacher program would institute a new pay system and, for certain levels, a longer contract year. Both proposals allow teachers to choose career paths and provide incentives for good teaching practices. (JMK)
Descriptors: Career Development, Career Ladders, Developmental Stages, Differentiated Staffs, Elementary Secondary Education, Incentives, Inservice Teacher Education, Master Teachers, Teacher Employment, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Promotion, Teaching Experience, Teaching (Occupation)
Distribution Center, Education Commission of the States, 1860 Lincoln Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80295.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.