Building a Quality Teaching Force: Lessons Learned from Alternate Routes / Edition 1

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This book presents the evidence gleaned from people who have been at the forefront of working with alternate route programs. The authors describe lessons learned in key areas of demonstrated success in building a quality teaching force through alternate routes to teaching:

  • Recruitment and selection of candidates for successful teaching
  • Mentoring and support
  • Program content and curriculum
  • Candidate assessment
  • Organization and management

The book is designed to assist those creating and/or implementing programs for the preparation of teachers primarily in field-based settings.

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“This book introduces and immerses the reader into models that focus on five different aspects of high quality alternative teacher preparation.”

Catherine Cormany

PA NBPTS State Program Director
Pennsylvania Department of Education

“There are many important ideas here that need to be a part of the national dialogue on alternative programs of teacher preparation.”

Robert Lucking

Old Dominion University

“Reading this book is exactly what I needed to energize me and help give me direction for the alternate program I run.”

Colleen Finegan, Ph.D.

Alternate Educator Program, Wright State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132382120
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/11/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1-Introduction and Overview

Chapter 2-Recruitment and Selection

A. Introduction

B. Common Barriers to Recruitment and Selection

C. A Different Approach

D. Recruiting a Diverse Pool of High-Quality Applicants

E. Selecting Top-Quality Candidates

F. Why Bother?

G. Parting Advice for the Detroit Teaching Fellows

H. Working with the New Teacher Project

Chapter 3-Quality Induction: Mentoring and Support

A. Introduction

B. Background and Rationale for Induction

C. Key Criteria for Success in Induction

D. Establishing an Induction Program

E. Conclusion: A New Dimension of Teaching

Chapter 4-Standards Based Curriculum Development: One Program's Journey

A. Introduction

B. Why Curriculum?

C. Selecting an Appropriate Curriculum

D. Within Standards, Deciding What to Teach

E. How Do I Design Curriculum Around Standards?

F. Curriculum Delivery System

G. Role of the Program Administrator

H. Closing

Chapter 5-Candidate Assessment

A. Introduction

B. Standards-Based Assessment

C. Basic Ingredients of Sound Assessment

D. Fostering Objectivity Through Scoring Rubrics

E. Summative Decision-Making

F. Performance-Based Assessment Instruments

G. Assessor Training

H. Data Collection for System Improvement

I. Lessons Learned

Chapter 6-Management of Alternative Route Teacher

A. Introduction

B. Determining the Goals of the ARC Program

C. Developing Partnerships in Successful ARC Programs

D. Implementing an ARC Program

E. Summary

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