The School Board will vote on contracts for Grow Your Own, Teach For America and the Golden Apple Foundation to recruit and train a diverse pool of teachers for hard-to-fill positions, including special and bilingual education, and in high-needs schools.
Many in the educational community have some major concerns with the edTPA, a $300 test developed by Stanford University as a multiple-measure assessment for prospective teachers. It will be scored by Pearson Education, a for-profit firm.
With limited time and resources, many teachers say it’s harder to get access to good PD during the school year. That’s why educators have to be creative to find and take advantage of opportunities, by applying for them over the summer and sharing with colleagues who don’t get to attend.
Fewer college students are enrolling in traditional undergraduate teaching programs in Illinois, with whites accounting for the biggest drop. After years of holding steady, enrollment fell significantly in 2011 and 2012—by 23 percent overall, according to a Catalyst Chicago analysis.
Nothing conveys the chaos we uncovered better than the reading coursework elementary teacher candidates take. As a nation we face a reading failure rate that is far worse than most developed nations. Three in ten children will not learn to read proficiently.