Jay on the Web: Does Energy Outweigh Experience When It Comes to Teachers?
Jay has been generating some buzz on the web with his take last week on whether experience or energy matters most when it comes to improving education at schools in low income neighborhoods. It was a response to this Post story on inexperienced teachers in D.C. area schools. Here's the bottom line from Jay's commentary:
"Schools improve when their cultures change, not when their ratios of experienced and unexperienced teachers are recalculated. Schools in poor neighborhoods having the most success are those put in the hands of talented principals given the power to hire and fire their staffs to enhance achievement, and who use those powers to create a building-wide commitment to improving learning through teamwork."
Barnett Berry, president of the Center for Teacher Quality, begs to differ in a blog post:
Contrary to what is portrayed in the popular media, preparation for teaching actually does matter for teacher retention and student achievement. While current teacher education and licensing standards leave a lot to be desired (and need a good overhaul) teachers with preparation and who successfully complete an internship before they begin teaching are more effective and more likely to stay in teaching. In fact, researchers have found a strong relationship between preparation and teacher retention.
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| May 6, 2009; 11:23 AM ET
Categories: Jay on the Web | Tags: teacher experience
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