How should we train the most effective, promising teachers for the next generation? This useful book compares three teacher training programs: a Roman Catholic program based at the University of Notre Dame, an urban charter and public school program based at the University of Chicago, and the Day School Leadership Through Teaching program (DeLeT), based at Brandeis University.
The book presents field-based research and educational theory that can guide educators and volunteer leaders toward acculturating and supporting new teachers, not only by introducing them to the schedule and other practical matters, but also by providing an orientation to the school’s mission and vision. Ongoing, multi-year support enables new teachers to become part of the team, bringing their own creative spirit and a sense of agency while aligning their teaching appropriately.
The Jewish community can benefit from this book’s findings about the other programs, whose graduates also see themselves as following a calling to pursue social justice, to nurture the moral development of young people, and to ensure cultural enrichment and ethnic continuity. It is a credit to these three programs that by giving the teachers a vision of service, social justice, and practice, graduating teachers envision themselves settling into a long teaching career. An inspiring book, Inspiring Teaching should be read by volunteer leaders and educational leaders seeking to build a dynamic, mission-focused faculty that is ready for the next generation of young people at their schools.
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