As a teacher leader and someone who has an interest in nurturing those who are new to the profession, the Edutopia article caught my eye:
The crisis confronting teacher education is that, across the country, Fenwick's experience is the exception and Zipper's is the rule. Though there are some leading lights, far too many of America's 1,200-plus schools of education are mired in methods that isolate education from the arts and sciences, segregate the theory and practice of teaching, and provide insufficient time and support for future teachers to learn to work in real classrooms. Far too many universities, for their part, run education programs on the cheap.
The consequences are painfully clear: Half of all new educators abandon the profession within five years, costing schools an estimated $2.6 billion annually and leaving children in the neediest areas with the highest number of inexperienced teachers.
The delinquency in teacher preparation is nothing new, of course -- but it's growing more dire as we ask teachers to perform increasingly challenging tasks: to teach more complex skills to high and measurable standards, and to ensure that every child in an incredibly diverse generation learns these skills equally well. The three R's are not enough anymore.
I have often lamented my own prep program. It was woefully inadequate for the career I have managed to build. For the first few years, I was angry about that. How could the university have promoted their curriculum of study as one that was meaningful? As I've aged in this career, I've come to realize that it was unreasonable for me to assume that any program would have been able to properly prepare all of the students to be teachers in any and every situation; however, I still think that there are ways to do it better.
Edutopia thinks so, too, and highlights 10 teacher prep programs around the country who are helping to find answers to the teacher prep question. This is another article definitely worth your time and headspace.Any other ideas out there about how to prepare others for the rigors of a career in education?