ERIC Number: ED479721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Where We Stand: Teacher Quality.
American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
The first section of this booklet discusses the union role in assuring teacher quality, focusing on the teacher development continuum (preservice preparation, entry level standards, induction programs and the granting of tenure, standards for granting tenure, and continuing professional development) and the union role in assuring quality teaching (preservice programs, hiring practices, peer assistance and peer reviews, and tenure and quality). The second section examines teacher education and teacher quality, discussing findings of the K-16 Teacher Education Task Force, entry requirements to teacher education, knowledge of academic discipline, content of pedagogical coursework, preservice student teaching, exit criteria, and beginning teacher induction programs. The third section looks at professional compensation for teachers, focusing on the traditional salary scale, failed merit pay schemes, and requirements for professional compensation. The fourth section discusses union sponsored professional development. Each section offers American Federation of Teachers (AFT) recommendations. The final section presents answers to such questions as why AFT is concerned about teacher quality, which policies or programs would help improve teacher preparation, and how peer assistance and review can help AFT members. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Beginning Teachers, College Admission, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Merit Pay, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Peer Evaluation, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Associations, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Selection, Teaching Skills, Tenure, Unions
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20001 (Item no. 39-0230, $3). Tel: 202-879-4400; Web site: http://www.aft.org. For full text: http://www.aft.org/edissues/downloads/TQres.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.