Publication Date: January 2009
Publisher: Joyce Foundation
Research Area: Education
Keywords: education; teacher quality; struggling students
Coverage: United States
This guidebook states that many districts throw new teachers into the toughest classes and merely watch what happens. It stresses that kids who are struggling need the most skillful teachers, not those who are just figuring out what they’re doing.
Fortunately, it states, some districts are experimenting with strong programs for new teachers. These include mentoring by an experienced teacher, opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and extra resources. It also stresses the new teachers should receive manageable assignments until they’re more experienced.
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