Sunday, June 14, 2009

Union president: Best teachers include NBCTs

President of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Jerry T. Jordan says the area's best teachers include those who pursue National Board Certification. He also suggests that incentives for completing rigorous training, additional mentoring and other changes would help teacher retention. Philadelphia Daily News
To improve retention, we need:

* Better pre-service education and apprenticeship programs.
* Effective principals who provide instructional guidance and encouragement.
* A rigorous curriculum with meaningful professional development.
* Effective mentoring programs.
* Smaller classes.
* Better working conditions, safe schools and adequate books, technology and supplies.
* Incentives for teachers who mentor other teachers, work in challenging schools, accept additional responsibilities or complete high-level training.

The key to getting a mix of new and veteran educators in middle schools where turnover is highest is to give teachers the resources, respect and support they need to help children succeed.
Great teachers come in many forms - new teachers bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm, and veterans offer experience, advanced education and training. We must do more to retain both. *

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