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ERIC Number: ED405331
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Teach for America: An Effective Emergency Teaching Corps.
Tatel, Edith S.
Teach for America (TFA) is a national teacher corps of outstanding individuals who commit themselves to teach for 2 years in urban and rural areas that are experiencing persistent teacher shortages. TFA selects corps members through an intensive application process, operates inservice institutes to prepare them to enter the classroom, clusters them in placement sites, and establishes local offices in these areas to arrange for ongoing support and professional development. Ongoing professional development takes the form of support groups, workshops, and university or district programs that result in certification. Since 1990, TFA has placed 500 teachers annually in under-resourced classrooms. Despite some criticism of the quality of teaching by TFA teachers, surveys of students, parents, principals, and superintendents show ratings that are overwhelmingly positive. TFA retention rate is better in urban than in rural areas; in all areas TFA teacher retention is higher than that of other teachers in the same systems. TFA members' classes often show improvement on standardized tests far above that of other classes in the same school, and many TFA teachers are actively involved in providing extensive extra-curricular activities for their students. TFA corps members willingly accept assignments in under-resourced schools, work to teach their students, and exert a significant positive impact on students, their schools, and communities. (Contains 39 references.) (JLS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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