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ERIC Number: ED454305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Pages: 50
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Ahead of the Class: A Handbook for Preparing New Teachers from New Sources. Design Lessons from the DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund's Pathways to Teaching Careers Initiative.
Clewell, Beatriz Chu; Villegas, Ana Maria
This handbook is a guide to the design of new teacher recruitment programs. It is intended to help new programs make the best possible start in duplicating the success of the Pathways program, which seeks to recruit from three nontraditional pools: paraprofessionals, uncertified teachers, and returned Peace Corps volunteers. Pathways involves: partnerships between teacher education programs and school districts; nontraditional and traditional criteria for selecting participants; a rigorous, innovative teacher education curriculum tailored to the needs of nontraditional participants; and varied supports for participants while they pursue college degrees and teaching certificates. This handbook is targeted to people who are already involved in crafting local solutions to the teacher shortage, especially in urban and rural schools, and in devising recruitment strategies aimed at minority teachers. It begins with a review of requirements for building essential, ongoing partnerships between teacher education institutions and school districts. It further discusses how to recruit and select promising candidates from nontraditional backgrounds. The next sections describe innovative elements in the teacher education curriculum and examine the types of supports that nontraditional program participants need. The final section focuses on costs and budgeting, offering guidance for establishing and supporting a well-administered Pathways operation. (SM)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.