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ERIC Number: EJ911027
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Developing Teachers as Leaders
Wetzler, Jeff
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v42 n6 p25-32 Nov 2010
According to the national statistics compiled by researchers and the federal government, there is a grim academic future for the students in low-income urban and rural communities across the U.S. They have no more than a 50% chance of graduating from high school, and those who do graduate will perform at the level of eighth graders in high-income communities. Only 10% will graduate from college, compared with 80% of their affluent peers. These educational disparities disproportionately affect African American, Latino, and Native American children, who are three times as likely to live in a low-income area as white, non-Hispanic children. If Americans are to live up to their ideals of opportunity for all, if they are to build a true democracy, and if they are to remain competitive in today's global economy, they must end this injustice. Yet educational inequity is so systematically entrenched that eradicating it will take a national movement, with leadership from all sectors. Teach For America was founded 20 years ago to build this movement by channeling the talent and leadership of top recent college graduates, as well as professionals further along in other careers. Teach For America recruits, selects, trains, and supports these leaders, who commit to teach in urban and rural public schools for at least two years. The second half of Teach For America's mission is to foster corps members' lifelong leadership and advocacy in the broader movement for educational equity. One of the most important challenges that Teach For America faces every year is rapidly enabling thousands of the nation's most promising future leaders, most of whom have had no formal training in teaching, to succeed in the country's most disadvantaged schools. This article shares what Teach For America has learned so far about this endeavor--even while it is acutely aware that its model is a work in progress that will change and improve through ongoing evaluation and innovation. (Contains 13 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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