ERIC Number: ED452176
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Teaching Quality: Issues & Policies. Policy Brief.
This policy brief draws together research, ideas, and initiatives on improving teaching quality, especially materials from states in the Mid-Continent Regional Educational Laboratory's region. It is intended to help policymakers think about which policies might foster improved teacher quality and how to combine policies into an integrated strategy for giving all students access to effective teachers. It is organized around three broad strategies aimed at: improving the teacher talent pool, fostering and supporting quality teaching, and countering threats to teacher quality. Improving the teacher talent pool involves raising the bar on teacher preparation, requiring assessments for new teachers, and rethinking teacher licensing. Fostering and supporting quality teaching involves creating programs to mentor new teachers, creating focused professional development, and creating better ways to evaluate teachers. Countering threats to teacher quality involves removing ineffective teachers, eliminating out-of-field teaching, and providing incentives to keep good teachers. Overall, policies are required at various levels and at various stages during teachers' careers. (Contains 28 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Mentors, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Certification, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Motivation, Teaching Skills
Mid-Continent Regional Educational Laboratory, 2550 South Parker Road, Suite 500, Aurora, CO 80014. Tel: 303-337-0990; Fax: 303-337-3005; Web site: http://www.mcrel.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Continent Regional Educational Lab., Aurora, CO.