ERIC Number: ED312318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-May
Reference Count: N/A
Urban Teacher Recruitment Programs. ERIC/CUE Digest Number 43.
Wells, Amy Stuart
The need to recruit more minority teachers for urban schools is acute. Although enrollment in teacher preparation programs has increased, few of these future teachers intend to teach in urban schools where they are most needed. Ninety-five percent of prospective secondary school teachers come from suburban, rural, or small town backgrounds, and intend to return to those settings after graduation. Of all students enrolled in programs leading to initial certification at the elementary level, 90 percent are White, 4.3 percent are Black, 2 percent are Hispanic, and 1.8 percent are Asian. In contrast, 93 percent of the nation's largest urban school districts maintain minority student enrollments of 70 percent. The following representative programs for recruiting teachers for urban schools are described: (1) Perkins Loans; (2) Governor's Teaching Scholars Program (New Jersey); (3) Minority Teachers Program (New Jersey); (4) Teacher Opportunity Corps (New York); (5) Peace Corps Fellows Program (Teachers College, Columbia University, New York); and (6) Early Teaching Contract Programs, and the Young Educators Society (YES) (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee). School districts that have developed programs include: (1) Columbus Public Schools, Columbus, Ohio; (2) Houston Independent School District, Houston, Texas; and (3) Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, California. A brief list of references is included. (FMW)
Descriptors: Black Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Grants, Minority Group Teachers, Minority Groups, Public School Teachers, Scholarships, School Demography, Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Programs, Teacher Distribution, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Supply and Demand, Urban Schools, Urban Teaching
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Box 40, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 (single copies free, include stamped self-addressed envelope).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Teacher Education, Washington, DC.