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Jerry P. Becker

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Registered: 12/3/04
Posted: Jan 28, 1999 5:59 PM
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ONLY 1 IN 5 TEACHERS feels "very well prepared" to work in a
modern classroom, according to a report released today by the
Department's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

One reason, Secretary Riley noted at today's press conference,
is that many teachers have inadequate opportunities for
professional development. He went on to say...

"A primary cause for limited professional development
opportunities is American custom. While doctors &
lawyers routinely confer with colleagues, teachers often
remain isolated in classrooms. Among teachers whose
schools dedicate time for team planning, 40% say it
improves their teaching 'a lot,' & another third say it
improves their teaching 'moderately.' Yet, it is an
uncommon practice.

"Through this study, teachers are telling us the kinds of
support that they need & want -- more peer collaboration,
team teaching, common planning periods. If we don't
listen to them, we will shortchange our children & our
teachers by hanging on to comfortable but self-defeating

The Secretary's remarks & the 74-page report, "Teacher
Quality: A Report on Teacher Preparation & Qualifications of
Public School Teachers," can be found at:

COMMENT: I think more periods for planning, and common
planning periods, are called for -- i.e., TIME
Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)

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