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ERIC Number: EJ857702
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Learning Teams: Creating What's Next
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v75 n1 p21-29 Sep 2009
Over 50% of the nation's teachers and principals are Baby Boomers. During the next four years the nation could lose a third of its most accomplished educators to retirement. The wave of departures will peak during the 2010-11 school year, when over 100,000 veteran teachers could leave. In less than a decade more than half of today's teachers--1.7 million--could be gone. Unless school leaders act now, they will lose an unacceptably large number of their best educators, just as the largest generation of children in history must gear up to assume its place in a complex world--and new data indicate that student enrollment is on the rise again. Schools can offset the loss of years of hard-won expertise by beginning now to develop collaborative learning teams composed of veterans and beginners trained to share their expertise and experience with each other across the generations. Through learning teams, schools can pass on the knowledge and expertise of effective veteran teachers, keep them engaged in education, and enlist their support for new teachers and in transforming their schools into genuine learning organizations. Learning teams can be comprised of many different roles, including teachers, coaches and learning team leaders, online educators and mentors, media designers and digital content experts, apprentices and interns, Digital-Age students and parents, adjunct industry partners and community members. The challenges that this nation must address as it considers strategies for reinventing its educational workforce are also discussed in this article. [Condensed, with permission, from the report "Learning Teams: Creating What's Next", prepared by the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future. See ED505910.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States