Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 19, 2013
“The Teacher Prep Review, released yesterday by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), elevates and sharpens our national dialogue on how we train teachers in the United States.
“As the Teacher Prep Review correctly points out, students suffer enormous learning losses when subjected to underprepared novice teachers, and teachers themselves exit the profession in significant numbers because of on-the-job difficulties in their first year of teaching.
“Teacher training, if executed properly, can solve these problems, preparing novice teachers who succeed immediately and who persist in the profession. To succeed, teacher training programs should prioritize high-dosage coaching and intensive practice of classroom management and other entry-level teaching techniques. These programs should also hold themselves intensely accountable to whether their graduates eventually succeed with students.
“At Match Education, we have developed our graduate school of education – the Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education – with these principles in mind, and with the goal of producing exceptionally high-quality first-year teachers.
“Our graduate students, as part of a two-year Master in Effective Teaching program, spend their first year as full-time tutors in our award-winning charter schools. During that time, they receive intensive coaching from accomplished school leaders, undertake carefully observed student teaching in increasingly complex situations and earn their teaching licenses. During the second year of the program, our graduate students take full-time teaching jobs in high-performing, high-poverty schools across the country and, even as they carry a full teaching schedule, complete coursework to finish their degree requirements.
“Our Master’s degree program is strongly rooted in three basic principles, all of which are echoed in NCTQ’s evaluation protocols:
“Our selective, practice-based and accountable approach to teacher training is producing some of the most sought after novice teachers in the country. In each of the last four years, 100 percent of our graduates have been hired by top-performing, high-poverty public schools across the country, and 90 percent of our graduates are persisting in their teaching positions.”
About Match Education
Match Education is considered an engine of innovation in public education. Match operates high-performing urban public charter schools for low-income and minority children and a unique graduate school of education that trains teachers for urban settings. Out of its applied work in schools and teacher training, Match originates, proves and shares solutions to core problems in education reform. Learn more about the Match Teacher Residency program and the Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education by contacting Scott McCue, chief operating officer of the Match Teacher Residency program, at scott(dot)mccue(at)matcheducation(dot)org.