Video Article: Teachers Wanted: No Experience Necessary
This documentary visits four new and out-of-field teachers in the New York City public schools. These individuals had no prior classroom experience and seven weeks of summer training. It asks the tough questions: Is it possible to learn on the job and be an effective teacher? Is teacher on–the–job training fair to students? (An Annenberg/CPB documentary – Learner.org)
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All talk, no action: Putting an end to out-of-field teaching (pdf version): (8/21/02) Read the Education Trust's newest report, which offers the first available state-by-state analysis of the newest federal data on the percentage of core academic secondary school classes taught by a teacher without a major or minor in the subject. The report documents the huge and growing problem of disproportionate numbers of classes in high-poverty and high-minority secondary schools being taught by teachers lacking a major or minor in the subject they're teaching. The report includes a list of recommendations – along with clear examples – which states, districts and schools can act on immediately to help reduce out-of-field teaching. Source: http://www.edtrust.org
Ingersoll: Out-of-Field Teaching and Educational Equality: This National Center for Education Statistics report (October, 1996) is based on data from the 1990-91 Schools and Staffing Survey. The report presents national data about the number of students in the nation's secondary school whose teachers lack basic qualifications in their assigned teaching fields. See pages 33 and 37 of Pdf version for statistical charts detailing per cent of teachers out-of-field by subject area).
Ingersoll: The Problem of Out-of-Field Teaching: This 1998 Phi Delta Kappan article by Richard M. Ingersoll summarizes the problem of out-of-field teaching. Pdf version.
What Matters Most: Teaching For America's Future: a report prepared by the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future. This report offers strategy for achieving America's educational goals: A blueprint for recruiting, preparing, and supporting excellent teachers in all of America's schools. Pdf version of Exec. Summary.Full 162 page Pdf version.
Lacking Licenses: This April 7, 1999, chart lists U.S. Department of Education data depicting a state-by-state account of the percentage of newly hired teachers unlicensed in their main assignment field. Pdf version.
Out-of-Field-Teaching by Subject: This March 31,1999, chart lists U.S. Department of Education data on the percentage of public school teachers per state in grades 9-12, including veteran teachers, who do not have majors or minors in the subject that they teach. Pdf version.
Teaching Point interviews on Education Showcase are streaming video files from the nationally televised monthly program sponsored by the Discovery Networks including Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel and Animal Planet Cable Channels. These short files may be viewed using Windows Media Player, the free downloadable software.
Education Showcase Interview 1
Education Showcase Interview 2
The Teaching Point Professional Development Program is discussed in this video with a description of the elements that help states, districts and schools in the recruitment, development and retention of teachers leading to improved student achievement, graduation rates, college and workforce readiness.
The three elements of the Teaching Point patented program include: subject-specific instructional support, subject-specific mentoring teacher access and online continuing education courses in these subjects (see University link for current participants).
Interview (University hosting this interview was not the first partner, see University link for current participants) regarding Teaching Point patented method for teacher professional development that includes online continuing education courses to certify teachers by subject with new or unavoidable out-of-field assignments. These "how to teach" subject-specific courses, based on Teaching Point instructional support material and mentoring program, enriched by faculty with methods and strategies, will help highly qualify teachers with H.O.U.S.S.E. points and subject competency under NCLB. Teaching Point will partner with universities in various states nationally and internationally in this economical and practical solution the problem of under-qualified teachers leading to improved student achievement.