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May 29, 2013

Let Principals Choose the Best Teachers for their Schools

When I was a kindergarten teacher, my principal was able to build a strong, high-performing school culture through selecting the best teachers who could meet the needs of our students.

Our principal and teachers were ferociously committed to our school’s vision. Collaboratively, we all held each other and ourselves accountable to our mission of helping each student excel in and out of the classroom.

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Policy
May 17, 2013

Is teaching a profession?

In brief, not yet, but read on. A flurry of articles and books in the 1970s and 1980s explored concepts of professionalism. Educators have followed a path similar to other fields but K-12 teaching is still not seen as a true profession by many. There are several reasons for this, including how education itself has developed over the last century, where teachers receive their education (largely in less prestigious institutions) and who enters the field (mostly women).

  • Teacher Preparation
Apr 1, 2013

Are youth uninterested in becoming teachers?

A few months back I met with a Sherwood High School teacher who told me that she and her colleagues were unable to get students to apply for a scholarship for college-bound students interested in becoming teachers. A week later I relayed this story to a group of educators and a school board member exclaimed, “Oh, that happened to us. We offered a scholarship for teachers-to-be and no one applied!”

Wow.

  • Teacher Preparation
Mar 4, 2013

Why I decided to join TFA

During my summer interning at Chalkboard Project, I spent time researching Teach For America. I knew that I had a campus recruiting job waiting for me back at Florida State University, where I would be completing the final year of my undergraduate career, but I was still unsure of whether or not I would be applying for the corps.

  • Teacher Preparation
Feb 19, 2013

Myths about educator preparation programs

One of the great challenges in our field is how to address the many myths that exist about schools and the teaching profession. I still hear it frequently stated that a physician from the 19th century would be totally lost in an operating room today, but a teacher from the same century would be quite at home in today’s classrooms.

  • Teacher Preparation

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