ERIC Number: ED449137
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Review of Challenges and Innovations in the Preparation of Teachers for Urban Contexts: Implications for State Policy.
Howey, Kenneth R.
This report examines what has been learned from the efforts of the Urban Network to Improve Teacher Education (UNITE) efforts to inform state policy. UNITE originated in 1993 with nine urban partnerships between urban schools and colleges of education and their urban K-12 counterparts. Their mission is strengthening the recruitment, preparation, and retention of urban teachers. UNITE's primary change strategy is to have joint leadership teams from these partnership sites collaborate regularly, refining and extending their leadership abilities and sharing progress and problems in local reform efforts. An expanded cycle of 31 urban partnerships was initiated in 1998. This report highlights nine recommendations which relate to: enabling new, more powerful urban K-16 partnership governance structures; implementing strategies to recruit more competent and diverse teachers; strengthening urban teacher education as an all-university endeavor; achieving fundamental improvements in professional programs for teachers in urban schools; socializing teachers to collaborate; extending urban teacher preparation seamlessly into the first teaching year; addressing both ends of the teacher education continuum simultaneously; developing materials and procedures for urban students to learn cooperatively; helping urban parents help their children learn; and implementing state-level integrated K-16 policy boards. Two appendixes present UNITE member partnerships and UNITE case study sites. (Contains 43 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Diversity (Faculty), Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Governance, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Parent Participation, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Recruitment, Urban Education
For full text: http://www.ericsp.org/pages/digests/UrbanPrep.htm.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Partnership for Excellence and Accountability in Teaching, Washington, DC.