ERIC Number: EJ1014689
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
What's New in Teacher Preparation?
Phi Delta Kappan, v94 n7 p23-27 Apr 2013
Teacher educators have not been sitting quietly by the side as others have demanded changes in teacher preparation programs. Across the nation, scores of efforts are underway to recruit, train, induct, and retain a highly skilled class of professionals for American schools. The stories presented in this article cover just a fraction of the initiatives, projects, and programs launched by school districts, universities, foundations, and others, all aimed at advancing student learning by improving teaching. These are: (1) "A Program for Math Teachers Requires a Complex Formula" (Alice F. Artzt, Frances R. Curcio, and Alan Sultan: Queens College); (2) "Preparing Urban Teachers: Working Outside the University Box" (Mary C. McMackin, Susan Rauchwerk, Joseph Cambone, Mary E. Curtis, Katryna Andrusik, and Dionn N. Brown: Leslie University); (3) "Bring Student Teaching Into the 21st Century" (James W. Fraser and Audra Watson: Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship); (4) "Let's Learn Together" (Rebecca West Burns, Diane Yendol-Hoppey, James F. Nolan, and Bernard J. Badiali: Penn State University); and (5) "FEA Recruits and Supports Aspiring Teachers" (Jeanne Storm: Future Educators Association). The article concludes by stating that what is new in teacher preparation is: (1) More clinical work--Get teacher aspirants into classrooms by their freshman year so they experience the reality of being a teacher; (2) Longer student-teaching runs--Provide longer and deeper student teaching experiences more akin to the clinical experiences for physicians; (3) A focus on diversity--Ensure that teachers are prepared for the changing demographics of American schools as the U.S. moves rapidly toward becoming majority-minority; and (4) Grappling with STEM--Close the gaps in math and science achievement by ensuring that more highly skilled teachers for those disciplines are available.
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Educators, Teacher Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Persistence, Urban Education, Student Teaching, Preservice Teachers, Demography, Student Diversity, STEM Education, Achievement Gap, Mentors
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