ERIC Number: ED477727
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Multiple Points of Entry into Teaching for Urban Communities. ERIC Digest.
Post, Linda; Pugach, Marleen; Hains, Ann; Thurman, Alfonzo
Today's teachers shortage is most severe in urban districts, which struggle to recruit and retain new teachers and face persistent gaps between white, middle class teachers and diverse students. Teachers' lack of cultural and linguistic familiarity in such situations can be damaging to the goal of ensuring that all children achieve to their potential. The digest suggests that traditional recruitment strategies in teacher education alone are insufficient to meet this ongoing need. It recommends supporting a wide range of pipelines for those in the community who wish to become teachers. The digest examines: the concept of multiple entry points into teaching; the role of the P-16 council, which can help facilitate widespread knowledge of the multiple pathways available; support for multiple entry points; and supporting a diverse teaching workforce (a major strategy of the multiple entry points approach is the recruitment of incumbent workers, who are already committed to education and who tend to be minorities). The digest concludes that the design and delivery of preservice programs of the highest quality is essential, which means taking standards seriously, challenging programs to improve, and communicating clearly to all potential students, from every pipeline, what it means to be a good teacher for urban education. (Contains 26 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Culturally Relevant Education, Diversity (Faculty), Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Teaching and Teacher Education, Washington, DC.