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ERIC Number: EJ816588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0740-7874
Effect of the Urban Academies of Broward County, Florida, on Teacher Preparation, Supply, and Satisfaction
Kaplan, Arlene F.; Knight, Karen W.; Parks, Robert D.
ERS Spectrum, v26 n1 p11-22 Win 2008
The Urban Academies of Broward County (UABC) was conceived and implemented as a collaborative teacher preparation model designed to develop, hire, and retain high-performing and motivated educators in predominantly poor minority schools. The program targets high school students, college students majoring in education, and practicing teachers. Since the program began in August 2000, 644 student interns completed internships in 15 Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) in Florida. Seventy-two percent of the interns subsequently were hired as permanent teachers, with at least half of the positions located in at-risk schools. After 3 years, the UABC teacher retention rates (90%) topped those of teachers districtwide (77%). However, analysis of student academic achievement and the percentage of UABC high school students enrolled in advanced placement (AP)/honors courses (32%) was lower than the district average (42%). This case study examines the step-by-step process of the creation of UABC. The authors provide information about the outcomes of the program over 5 years and provide implications for the future of the program. Survey data from both student interns and UABC staff are discussed. The article concludes with a discussion of the goals met through this program. (Contains 2 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida