The Professional Educator


Vol. 35, No. 1, Spring

Broadening Landscapes and Affirming Professional Capacity: A Metacognitive Approach to Teacher Induction
AbstractThe Faculty of Education at Brock University and an Ontario, Canada, self-regulatory body for the teaching profession partnered to create an innovative teacher induction project conceptualized to enable new and mentor teachers to self-affirm...
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Mentoring Relationships: Cooperating Teachers' Perspectives on Mentoring Student Interns
AbstractCooperating teachers play a vital role in the professional development of student interns. Although they serve as mentors, most cooperating teachers do not receive comprehensive or coordinated preparation for their role as effective mentors....
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Vol. 34, No. 2, Fall

The Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Summer School for English Language Learners
AbstractThe purposes of this paper are to explain the development processes of an intensive summer program for English language learners and to discuss course improvement strategies based on the evaluation outcomes. This 60-hr partnership program between...
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Strengthening Professional Development Partnerships While Bridging Classroom Management Instruction and Practice
IntroductionClassroom management is often noted as one of the most influential factors in determining success for first-year teachers and as the most influential factor in students' academic success (Marzano & Marzano, 2003). However, according to...
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Vol. 34, No. 1, Spring

A Local Solution to a National Problem: Preparing Preservice Candidates for Urban Middle Schools
AbstractA midwestern urban school district received a Teacher Quality Enhancement (TQE) grant from the U.S. Office of Education to deliver specialized middle-level urban teacher preparation. Five colleges and universities and the school district participated...
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Classroom Management, Bullying, and Teacher Practices
AbstractWhile bullying in schools has begun to receive attention, little is known about the relationship between classroom management and bullying in the classroom. The process for exploring this relationship will be a review of research and literature...
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Vol. 33, No. 2, Fall

The Evolving Role of a Mathematics Coach during the Implementation of Performance Standards
AbstractThe primary goal of this study was to investigate the role of the mathematics coach at Tabaka Middle School during the school's implementation of the Georgia Performance Standards through the utilization of Connected Mathematics Project materials....
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General Educators' In-Service Training and Their Self-Perceived Ability to Adapt Instruction for Students with IEPs
AbstractRecent research has suggested that the professional development general educators receive is not adequately preparing them to properly implement inclusion-based practices. In this study, data from the Study of Personnel Needs in Special Education...
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Vol. 33, No. 1, Spring

Best in Show: Teaching Old Dogs to Use New Rubrics
AbstractThis paper discusses an instructional approach designed to help preservice teachers understand how assessments can be influenced by personal biases. In order to achieve this objective, we developed an analogy-based activity called "The Dog Show...
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Learning to Mentor: Evidence and Observation as Tools in Learning to Teach
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to examine how an experienced teacher learned to mentor as she attended ongoing professional development and worked with first- and second-year teachers across one school year as part of a university/district pilot...
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Defining Teacher Educator through the Eyes of Classroom Teachers
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to analyze a sample of classroom teachers' definitions of the term teacher educator and determine whether they considered themselves to be teacher educators. The extent that classroom teachers' definitions of a teacher...
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Vol. 32, No. 2, Fall

Effective Student Teacher Supervision in the Era of No Child Left Behind
AbstractThis research study addresses the issues and challenges for university supervisors of providing supervisory feedback in the accountability climate of No Child Left Behind. Several findings are detailed in the case below and include the following:...
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Exploring Graduate Elementary Education Preservice Teachers' Initial Teaching Beliefs
AbstractStates, universities, and school districts have responded to teacher shortages by designing programs that transition college graduates into teaching careers. The result is an increase in the number of graduate preservice teachers preparing for...
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Why Do They Stay? Elementary Teachers' Perceptions of Job Satisfaction and Retention
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to identify intrinsic and extrinsic variables that influence teacher job satisfaction and retention. A survey was sent to 300 randomly selected Missouri public elementary schoolteachers in grades K-5 having 5 or...
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Vol. 32, No. 1, Spring

Teacher-Candidates' Perceptions of Schools as Professional Communities of Inquiry: A Mixed-Methods Investigation
AbstractIn North American teacher education programs, preservice students typically complete a substantial proportion of time practice teaching in schools, experiencing the extent to which professional school communities of inquiry contribute toward...
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Student Learning in a Professional Development School and a Control School
AbstractThis study investigated the impact of a Professional Development School (PDS) on student learning by comparing student achievement in a PDS and a control school. Student achievement data were collected from an elementary PDS and a matched control...
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Swimming Upstream: Shifting the Purpose of an Existing Teaching Portfolio Requirement
AbstractAs teacher-education institutions implement portfolios across contexts and for multiple purposes, assessment of their effectiveness specific to shifting programmatic goals often takes place. At the institution where this research is based, an...
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Growing Teacher Leaders in a Culture of Excellence
AbstractViewing teachers as leaders requires a paradigm shift about the concept of leadership in a school system. The Teachers as Leaders program of the Mountain Brook, Alabama Schools represents that shift and is empowering teachers to utilize their...
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