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Document Number: 2665

New Teacher Staffing and Comprehensive Middle School Reform: Philadelphia's Experience MS Word - This study examines the problem of teacher recruitment, preparation and retention in the context of schoolwide reform in seven of Philadelphia's 42 middle schools. These schools are implementing the Talent Development Middle School model of Johns Hopkins University's Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk (CRESPAR). The study found that many newly hired middle school teachers were not well-prepared to teach these grades or the subjects to which they were assigned. New teachers who had received curriculum coaching and/or who had attended Talent Development workshops and courses were far more likely to say they would like to stay in their current school, at least for the short term. The report provides recommendations for the state, district, principals, and colleges and universities to address the problems facing middle school teachers in Philadelphia. (Elizabeth Useem, Philadelphia Education Fund, September 2000)...
Author: Elizabeth Useem
Publisher: The Philadelphia Education Fund

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