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ERIC Number: ED451133
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 9
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Selecting and Preparing Quality Teachers from the Personnel Pool.
Dandy, Evelyn Baker
The Pathways to Teaching Program is answering Georgia's call for minority teachers by offering noncertified school district employees with exemplary work records, above average college grades, and sincere commitment to teaching, tuition and other support to take college courses and become certified as teachers. In return, scholars contract to maintain a 2.5 grade point average (GPA), attend all program seminars and workshops, and teach in urban schools for at least 3 years. Georgia's Armstrong Atlantic State University is the first in the state in number of minority students enrolled in student teaching. Armstrong and Savannah State University, a traditionally black institution, collaborate to improve public education, with campuses sharing faculty. Armstrong's Pathways to Teaching Program is designed to increase the number of certified teachers, primarily minorities, in local public schools. Its main target is noncertified personnel. Special program features include workshops on improving GPA, mid-term grade reports, and Friday replacements which allow participants to take courses. Armstrong's success in recruiting, retaining, and training minority teachers involves: a credible, committed university advocate; sufficient funding; flexible scheduling; administrative support; collaboration with public schools; and increased practicum requirements in teacher education courses. (Contains 13 bibliographic references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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