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ERIC Number: EJ780244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
An Innovative Professional Development Program for Urban Teachers
Foster, Michele
Phi Delta Kappan, v85 n5 p401-406 Jan 2004
While researchers continue to debate teacher qualifications, explore how to get more qualified teachers into urban schools serving low-income students, or try to determine whether teachers who are successful with middle-class students would also be successful with pupils in low-income urban schools, one practicable idea can easily be overlooked. That is the idea of improving the achievement of low-income students by enhancing the competence and performance of teachers who are "already working" in the neediest schools. In this article, the author shares her experiences in designing and implementing a program that enhances the competence of the teachers who already work in the neediest schools. Learning Through Teaching in an After School Pedagogical Laboratory (L-TAPL), which was launched in 2001, aims to improve the achievement of low-income students and to enhance the preparation of their teachers. One of L-TAPL's central ideas is that student learning and sustained academic achievement require students' commitment to learning. (Contains 9 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California