Inspir­ing Teach­ing: Prepar­ing Teach­ers to Suc­ceed in Mis­sion-Dri­ven Schools

Sharon Feiman-Nemser, Eran Tamir, and Karen Ham­mer­ness, eds.
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By – April 13, 2015

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.

Relat­ed Content:

Judd Kruger Lev­ingston, Ph.D. and rab­bi, serves as Direc­tor of Jew­ish Stud­ies at Jack M. Bar­rack Hebrew Acad­e­my in the Philadel­phia area. Lev­ingston is the author of Sow­ing the Seeds of Char­ac­ter: The Moral Edu­ca­tion of Ado­les­cents in Pub­lic and Pri­vate Schools (Praeger, 2009).

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