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ERIC Number: EJ771337
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8055
High School Students' Perspectives on the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act's Definition of a Highly Qualified Teacher
Garcia, Veronica
Harvard Educational Review, v76 n4 p698-724 Win 2006
In this article, four urban high school students and their student leadership and social justice class advisor address the question, "What are high school students' perspectives on the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act's (NCLB) definition of a highly qualified teacher?" As the advisor to the course, Garcia challenged her students to examine their high school experiences with teachers. The students offer personal stories that describe what they consider the critical qualities of teachers--qualities not based solely on the credentials and education status defined by NCLB. The authors suggest that highly qualified teachers should cultivate safe, respectful, culturally sensitive, and responsive learning communities, establish relationships with students' families and communities, express their high expectations for their students through instructional planning and implementation, and know how students learn. This article urges educators and policymakers to consider the students' voices and school experiences when making decisions about their educational needs, including the critical issue of teacher quality. ["High School Students' Perspectives on the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act's Definition of a Highly Qualified Teacher" was written with Wilhemina Agbemakplido, Hanan Abdella, Oscar Lopez Jr., and Rashida T. Registe.] (Contains 1 table and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001