ERIC Number: ED359868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug-30
Planning Grant To Initiate a National Center for Transition to Teaching. Final Report.
Tesconi, Charles A.
A study tested the feasibility of recruiting career switchers, early leavers and retirees from government and military service to teaching. The study also documented the need for a National Center for Transition to Teaching (NCTTT). The effort established a National Board of Advisors consisting of 17 high-level military, government, and university educators. Exploratory outreach consisted of advertising, direct mail, a recruitment meeting, and collateral activities. Project findings indicated that certain conventional recruitment methods can attract interest. Advertising in a Washington-area chain of military weeklies generated 143 inquiries and a poster campaign to 450 government and military offices resulted in 3 inquiries a week. In addition educators who had developed similar programs offered encouragement and specific cautions. Finally, high-level military and government officials endorsed efforts to enable the transition of their personnel into teaching careers. In addition the study revealed that there are programs for these recruits but that they tend to operate in isolation from each other. The study findings also suggested that institutionalization of a NCTTT should be decoupled from recruitment and that such a Center should focus more on research, placement, information clearinghouse activities, and general service provision. An appendix lists members of the National Advisory Board. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Univ., Washington, DC. School of Education.