Blueprint Would Revitalize U.S. Teacher Education

By Dervarics, Charles | Black Issues in Higher Education, June 16, 2005 | Go to article overview

Blueprint Would Revitalize U.S. Teacher Education


Dervarics, Charles, Black Issues in Higher Education


Report recommends federal government provide incentives for the development of teacher education programs in urban, rural communities

Borrowing a page from the medical community's use of teaching hospitals, education experts and some members of Congress are exploring a similar approach by calling for inner-city teaching centers that would offer quality professional development to improve learning outcomes for students.

"As it does in medicine, the federal government should provide incentives for the development of high-quality teacher education programs in urban and poor rural communities," says the National Academy of Education, a New York City-based center that released a groundbreaking report on the subject last month. Such programs would provide state-of-the-art training to students, current teachers and prospective teachers.

With 30 percent of instructors leaving the field after five years, teachers also need financial incentives to stay in the profession, the academy says. It recommends expansion of scholarships and loan forgiveness for those who take hard-to-fill vacancies in certain academic subjects and school locations. To receive benefits, teachers would have to serve in these capacities for at least four years.

"Only when we implement these recommendations will education do its part to close the achievement gap, give poor and minority students a level playing field and improve the performance of our schools," said NeI Noddings, the academy president. "Teachers are a scarce resource in America today, and one that is distributed unevenly."

Several members of Congress, including a Congressional Black Caucus member, welcomed the report's findings and said they merit serious attention.

"Teachers must have both knowledge of content and knowledge of teaching and learning to be prepared for today's diverse student population," said Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa. Without highly qualified teachers, students - particularly low-income youth - face major obstacles to success, he added.

"Teachers must be prepared with a base of professional knowledge, including strategies and understanding of how to teach all students," Fattah said.

In its report, "A Good Teacher in Every Classroom: Preparing the Highly Qualified Teachers Our Children Deserve," the academy also endorsed these additional improvements in teacher education:

* Congress should fund a national performance-based testing program to assess teachers' knowledge and skills. Lawmakers then would give states incentives to use these results in their licensing processes.

* Traditional and alternative teacher education programs need more careful evaluation and should receive accreditation only if their programs provide students with a core set of knowledge.

* Advocates should push for federal funding increases to bring teacher education support on par with other clinically based professional programs such as nursing or engineering.

* States should close poor-performing teacher education programs and better monitor the work of these institutions.

* States and the federal government should support mentoring and coaching programs to help new teachers.

Access to quality teacher programs is "haphazard" at best, the report says. "At worst, the current non-system results in too many poorly prepared and unprepared teachers employed disproportionately in schools serving large numbers of low-income and minority students. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Blueprint Would Revitalize U.S. Teacher Education
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.