ERIC Number: ED472206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Patterns of Excellence: Policy Perspectives on Diversity in Teaching and School Leadership.
Fenwick, Leslie T.
While the nation's public school population is growing in racial/ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity, the teaching force is not. This shortage of minority teachers results from declining or static minority college enrollment, inadequate precollegiate academic preparation, certification barriers to the profession, and dwindling interest of minority college students in teaching. Section 1, "Who Will Teach?" discusses the value of diversity and who gets the best teachers. Section 2, "What is Being Done About Teacher Quality and Diversity in the South?" presents a retrospective of the Southern Education Foundation's response to the problem. Section 3, "How Can Universities and School Districts Collaborate to Grow Teachers?" presents the southern expansion of the Pathways to Teaching Careers Program, which recruits and trains minority teachers. Section 4, "What Does a Value-Added Teacher Preparation Program Look Like?" describes the Pathways model in the southern expansion. Section 5, "How Has the Pathways Program Impacted the Teacher Pipeline in the South?" presents lessons learned and policy recommendations. Section 6, "What is the Connection between the Minority Teacher Pipeline and Diversity in the School Leadership Pipeline?" concludes that minority teacher pipeline programs are an important testament to the power of removing obstacles that limit human potential. (Contains 44 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Career Choice, College School Cooperation, Disadvantaged Youth, Diversity (Faculty), Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Minority Group Children, Minority Group Teachers, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Recruitment
Southern Education Foundation, 135 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303. Tel: 404-523-0001. For full text: http://www.sefatl.org/temp_patterns.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; Rockefeller Bros. Fund, New York, NY.; Annenberg Foundation, St. Davids, PA.; BellSouth Foundation, Inc. Atlanta, GA.; DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: Southern Education Foundation, Atlanta, GA.