ERIC Number: ED472810
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Recruiting, Preparing and Retaining Teachers for America's Schools Progress Report: Pathways to Teaching Careers.
DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
This report describes the DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund's Pathways to Teaching Careers Program, which is designed to help increase and diversify the supply of well-trained public school teachers willing to work in low-income schools. Program design drew on findings of leading educational researchers that made a strong case for investing in programs to recruit and prepare nontraditional candidates to become teachers. This included men and women already serving as classroom aides, substitute teachers, or emergency certified teachers in the very schools having staffing problems. The project formed partnerships with schools of education at colleges and universities, mostly in New York City, to begin recruiting nontraditional teachers. In subsequent years, the program was expanded to other regions, and components were added to target paraprofessionals and returned Peace Corps volunteers. Currently, 42 colleges and universities nationwide participate, each using grant money to provide scholarships and other support services to nontraditional teacher candidates. Pathways is also fostering changes in schools of education designed to accommodate the needs of Pathways scholars and to draw on their strengths (e.g., allowing them a longer period to complete their studies and adding courses tailored to their work experience, knowledge, and skills). The impact of the Pathways program is being evaluated. Preliminary findings are positive. (SM)
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Diversity (Faculty), Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Low Income Groups, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Teacher Recruitment
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.