ERIC Number: ED400351
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
The Urban Teacher Challenge: A Report on Teacher Recruitment and Demand in Selected Great City Schools.
Eubanks, Segun C.
The urban teacher recruitment challenge documented in this report is the harbinger of potentially more serious nationwide shortages to come. The need for teachers of color in America's schools has already reached critical proportions. Data in this report were collected as part of a broad-based commitment to improved teacher recruitment and development by Recruiting New Teachers, Inc. (RTC) and its Urban Teacher Collaborative partners. In 1995 RTC mailed surveys to human resources administrators and superintendents in districts that are members of the Great City Schools. Thirty-nine of the 47 districts responded. Their responses indicate that special education is the teaching area in greatest demand, followed by science, mathematics, bilingual education, elementary education, and English as a second language. Districts were asked about the ways they try to recruit teachers. Some 76.9% of districts allow noncertified teachers to teach and 43.6% offer programs designed to prepare teacher aides for licensed teaching positions. The majority of districts also offer opportunities for middle and high school students to explore careers in teaching. A survey responded to by 39 of the 50 Great City Colleges of Education profiled efforts to recruit minority students and described special placement programs to interest graduates in urban teaching positions. Results of both surveys confirm the immediate and anticipated demand for new urban teachers, especially teachers of color and language minorities. (Contains 14 graphs.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Language Minorities, Minority Groups, School Districts, Schools of Education, Special Education, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Supply and Demand, Urban Education, Urban Problems, Urban Schools, Urban Teaching
Recruiting New Teachers, Inc., 385 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA 02178 ($5).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Recruiting New Teachers, Inc., Belmont, MA.