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ERIC Number: ED568792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 150
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-8917-9256-4
Recruiting, Retaining, and Supporting Qualified Teachers: No. 3 in the Harvard Education Letter Spotlight Series
Chauncey, Caroline, Ed.
Harvard Education Press
This volume provides a tool kit for principals and administrators seeking to improve the quality of classroom teaching in an era of increasing accountability, as well as an overview of the historical and cultural factors that shape teaching as a profession. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 mandates that all teachers be "highly qualified" by 2006, although the criteria for meeting this standard are vague at best. Meanwhile, half of the nation's teachers are expected to retire by the end of the decade, and turnover among new teachers is high: 30 percent leave their jobs within three years and 50 percent leave within five. The book provides an overview of the historical and cultural factors that shape teaching as a profession and frame the debate over its future. It goes on to examine efforts to rethink the preparation of teachers and principals; to outline hiring practices that help administrators identify talented candidates and ensure a good fit with their schools; and to assess a variety of strategies for supporting new teachers and providing growth opprotunities for experienced ones. Specific strategies addressed include: Induction programs, Career ladders for teachers, School-based coaching, and Effective supervision for professional growth. Practical, down-to-earth, and up-to-date, this handy volume is an essential and valuable resource for anyone concerned with improving the quality of teaching in today's classrooms. Following an introduction, "Teacher Quality and Educational Equity" by Caroline Chauncey, the table of contents provides the following chapters: (1) Teaching: From "A Nation at Risk" to a Profession at Risk (Pam Grossman); (2) Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Teachers (Katherine C. Boles and Vivian Troen); (3) Arming New Teachers with Survival Skills: A Conversation with Katherine K. Merseth; (4) Landing the "Highly Qualified Teacher" (Robert Rothman); (5) Nontraditional Paths to Teaching (Debra Viadero); (6) Taking Care of Novice Teachers (Reino Makkonen); (7) New Teacher Induction (Susan M. Kardos); (8) Building a Better Career Ladder (Morgaen L. Donaldson); (9) Putting National Board Certification to the Test (David Gordan); (10) School-Based Coaching (Alexander Russo); (11) Collaborative Teacher Evaluation (Louise Kennedy); and (12) Preparing the "Highly Qualified Principal" (Alexander Russo).
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Harvard University, Graduate School of Education