Kenneth Zeichner: What We Know (and Don’t Know) about Non-Traditional Teacher Education Programs

Here’s a post from Diane Ravitch’s Blog on alternative routes to teacher certification, which addresses a professional and pedagogical concern at Mark’s Text Terminal. I entered teaching through one of these programs, the New York City Teaching Fellowship, which was abysmal. I’ve spent the last ten years remedying the shortcomings of my experience in this program, which earned me a M.S. in special education from a diploma mill in the New York City metropolitan area.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Kenneth Zeichner is Boeing Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Washington in Seattle. He recently reviewed five alternate routes into teaching. Here is a question-and-answer session with him about his study.

The study is here.

He said:

My examination of the research on the five programs (The Relay Graduate School of Education, Match Teacher Residency, High Tech High’s Internship, iTeach and TEACH-NOW) concludes that there is no credible evidence that supports the claims of success that are made about them, and that the continued expansion of these programs is driven by ideology rather than by empirical evidence of success.

He added:

First of all, in the U.S. we have very serious problems of an inequitable distribution of teachers and inequitable access to a high-quality education, which enables students to interact with knowledge in authentic and meaningful ways. Students living in communities highly impacted by poverty are disproportionately…

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2 responses to “Kenneth Zeichner: What We Know (and Don’t Know) about Non-Traditional Teacher Education Programs

  1. One facet brought to the TEACHERS ARE BAD blame game has come from a particular subset of reformers who argue that while wealthy kids can “handle” an educational system where a few teachers are not up to par, poor kids must have “only” excellent teachers. This type of reasoning has led many (Bill Gates and wife, Arne Duncan, for example) to go viciously after teachers in lowest-income schools — to the point where now, in 2016, they have harassed and dismissed SO many educators that the looming teacher shortage desperately shuttles NON-TEACHERS into these same-said classrooms.

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  2. Absolutely right, Ciedie, and thanks for your comment. I’m proud to have you as a colleague.


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