ERIC Number: ED431757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Assuring Teacher Quality: It's Union Work.
American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
This publication discusses how unions work to ensure teacher quality. Section 1, "The Union Role in Assuring Teacher Quality" presents the American Federation of Teachers convention resolution adopted on July 19, 1998. It explains the context of teacher quality; the teacher development continuum and the need for change (preservice preparation, entry-level standards, induction programs and the granting of tenure, and continuing professional development); and the union role in ensuring teacher quality (preservice programs, hiring practices, peer assistance and peer review, and tenure and quality). Section 2, "Questions and Answers," examines the teacher quality issue that the union seeks to address, whose responsibility it is to improve teaching quality, policies or programs to improve teaching, who should provide assistance to new or floundering teachers, the effect of peer review programs, entry-level standards for teachers, and the role of tenure laws in ensuring teacher quality. Section 3, "Background Information," presents a teacher quality manifesto taken from a speech by the president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) at the 1998 convention. Section 4, "Background Reading," offers suggestions on general reading materials and AFT reading materials. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Peer Evaluation, Preservice Teacher Education, Public Education, Teacher Associations, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Improvement, Teachers, Teaching Skills, Tenure, Unions
American Federation of Teachers, Order Department, 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001-2079.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.