ERIC Number: ED461646
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan-1
Reference Count: N/A
A Middle Grades Message: A Well-Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom Matters.
There is an acute need to improve the quality of classroom teachers through improved standards for preservice programs and licensure and certification, especially in the middle grades. Several Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states are working to improve middle grades teacher quality. Some are raising standards on teacher licensure tests. Eleven SREB states mandate or fund beginning teacher induction program. There are few incentives or penalties encouraging districts and schools to recruit and assign highly qualified teachers to middle grades classrooms. A systematic approach to improving middle school teaching includes: developing a middle grades institute that spans two summers and the school year for teachers at low-performing schools; establishing new requirements for preparing and certifying middle grades teachers; and establishing dates by which all middle school teachers must meet new requirements. Three areas in which state policies can help ensure a well-qualified teacher in every classroom include: incentives for schools and colleges to collaborate to improve content knowledge and teaching practices for the middle grades; recruitment, preparation, and ongoing professional development to improve middle school teacher quality; and a clear message through licensing and certification that teacher quality is an educational priority. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Quality, Higher Education, Middle School Teachers, Middle Schools, National Standards, Preservice Teacher Education, State Standards, Teacher Certification, Teacher Competencies
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318. Tel: 404-875-9211. Web site: http://www.sreb.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.