ERIC Number: ED369750
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Linking High Quality Teacher Preparation to Fundamental School Reform: The Philanthropic Role. A Report on a Consultation Sponsored by the BellSouth Foundation (Memphis, Tennessee, April 21, 1993).
BellSouth Foundation, Inc. Atlanta, GA.
This report documents a consultation held by BellSouth Foundation that examined new routes to the teaching profession, and the changing and emerging philanthropic role in stimulating potential teachers to embark upon nontraditional paths to the profession. Participants included state education officials, foundation officers, public school teachers and administrators, faculty from teacher training institutions, and representatives from certification agencies and nonprofit organizations. As background to the consultation, a commissioned study of alternative teacher education programs, titled "An Examination of Programs Enhancing Teacher Supply and Quality through Non-Traditional Routes" by Bruce Goldberg, was reviewed. Based on that paper, it was determined that programs to improve teaching must be tied to strategies that will promote fundamental education reform. The consultation encouraged extensive dialogue reflecting on current approaches and effective approaches to teacher preparation and certification and effective philanthropic approaches in this area. From the consultation, the BellSouth Foundation was encouraged to rethink the basis for education reform; empower grantees to challenge policy; promote more collaboration and more partnerships focused on change; combat the isolation that teachers feel from one another, from their students, and from the best thinking about education reform; and understand the tyranny that time constraints exercise over the ability to teach well. A list of consultation participants is appended. (JDD)
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Career Choice, Change Strategies, Consultation Programs, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education, Philanthropic Foundations, Preservice Teacher Education, Private Financial Support, Public Schools, School Restructuring, Teacher Recruitment
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: BellSouth Foundation, Inc. Atlanta, GA.