ERIC Number: ED438340
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Urban Teacher Challenge: Teacher Demand and Supply in the Great City Schools.
Recruiting New Teachers, Inc., Belmont, MA.; Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.; Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC. Council of the Great City Colleges of Education.
In response to a questionnaire, school districts that are members of the Council of the Great City Schools (n=40) supplied information about their immediate and anticipated demand for teachers, recruitment strategies, and efforts to encourage diversity in the teacher workforce. Cities surveyed were from across the country. Colleges from the Great City Colleges of Education (n=45) provided information about their teacher preparation programs, subject areas of greatest interest to students, supports available to teacher preparation students, programs for nontraditional prospective teachers, and incentives and accommodations to attract applicants for high-need teaching areas. Responses make it clear that the nation's largest city school districts are experiencing real teacher shortages in specific subject fields, across all grade levels, and in the ranks of minority teachers. Shortages are most severe in special education, science, and mathematics, and an end to these shortages in the near future is not probable. Districts are using a variety of strategies to attract teacher candidates, and many districts have introduced induction programs to support, assist, and retain new teachers. The city colleges of education are also expanding efforts to address the urban teacher shortage, but teacher education students are still flocking to the oversubscribed programs, making it anyone's guess where well-prepared teachers will be found for the high-demand areas. Appendixes list teachers in immediate demand by districts, recruitment strategies by district, and facts about the Great City school districts and Colleges of Education. (SLD)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Minority Group Teachers, Teacher Education, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Supply and Demand, Urban Schools, Urban Teaching
Recruiting New Teachers, Inc., 385 Concord Avenue, Suite 103, Belmont, MA 02478. Tel: 617-489-6000; Fax: 617-489-6005; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.cgcs.org/reports/2000/RNT-0101.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Recruiting New Teachers, Inc., Belmont, MA.; Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.; Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC. Council of the Great City Colleges of Education.