ERIC Number: ED442798
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Preparing Paraprofessionals as Teachers for the Urban Classroom: A University/School Collaborative Model.
Littleton, Denise M.
This article describes efforts at Norfolk State University, Virginia, to train substitute teachers, teacher aides, and other paraprofessionals to become certified teachers. The program incorporates four recruitment principles: concern for various aspects of the issue and readiness to tackle them; commitment to the program; collaboration among all involved; and creativity in developing the program. Its goals are to: increase the quantity of teachers, specifically minorities and males; increase the quality of instruction for urban children; and enhance the university's teacher preparation and inservice teacher development programs. The paper describes selection and recruitment procedures; eligibility criteria; and curriculum development. Ongoing workshops and seminars are described. They focus on: respectful attitudes and beliefs that all children can learn; knowing students by becoming familiar with their homes, cultures, and communities; providing stimulating, challenging, and meaningful instruction; identifying local community and agency support to meet students' needs; and managing the classroom. Academic and nonacademic support services are provided to participants as needed. Program evaluation indicates that it has strong support services; useful seminars; collaborative college-school relationships; institutional support; staff commitment; and a good reputation. Results suggest that preparing paraprofessionals as teachers for urban classrooms is one way to increase teacher diversity. (Contains 22 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
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