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TNTP Re-imagine Teaching

In U.S. Schools, New Teachers Are Hardly a Novelty

October 05, 2016 | Stephen Sawchuk and Anthony Rebora, Education Week

Daniel Weisberg, the chief executive officer of TNTP, a nonprofit that helps districts recruit and train teachers, said that regular spikes in new teachers could give school systems an opportunity to work more closely with local teacher-prep programs to ensure that educators are graduating with the “foundational skills” they need to take over a classroom.

“If they know how to use time well, how to establish norms and expectations, and how to engage kids, they have a good chance of a success,” he said.

But Weisberg also emphasized the importance of intensive coaching, at least during the first year. “It’s really important for new teachers that they are getting feedback and have someone they can go to for guidance,” he said.

Such practices can also help administrators in gauging teachers’ potential and in shaping their staff.

Said Weisberg: “It should be really important for principals to assess whether someone has the ability to be a successful teacher.”

Read the full article on Education Week.