ERIC Number: ED473231
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
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Teaching Matters: Promoting Quality Instruction in East Baton Rouge Parish.
This report describes challenges facing the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, Louisiana, highlighting teacher turnover and teacher preparation and support. Findings are based on national, state, and local studies that investigated the status of teachers and teaching in the community (preparation, recruitment, retention, certification, satisfaction, and support). Data collection involved surveys of new teachers and teachers who had left the system and discussions with teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community members. Overall, stakeholders believed that teachers should: display strong subject matter knowledge; use creative approaches to teaching; adapt instructional strategies to meet diverse students' needs; possess high expectations of students; and show respect for and enthusiasm to work with students. There was a high teacher turnover rate in the district. A low number of former teachers considered their professional development effective. Results highlighted three areas that should be addressed promptly: develop and implement and effective data system linking student information to teacher information; provide comprehensive professional development that responds to teacher needs and is aligned with school system goals for improving achievement; and make education a responsibility shared by all. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Labor Turnover, Poverty, School Community Relationship, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Expectations of Students, Teacher Knowledge, Teacher Persistence, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Public Education Network, Washington, DC.
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