Sep 29, 2020
The authors provide a comprehensive analysis of the Teacher Effectiveness and Certification (TEACh) program, an alternative training program for kindergarten through grade 12 teachers. TEACh programs seek to train diverse cohorts of high-quality teaching candidates to fill hard-to-staff positions. The authors describe the implementation of TEACh and its effect on teacher recruitment, teacher retention, and student achievement in three locations.
The authors of this report offer an in-depth analysis of the Teacher Effectiveness and Certification (TEACh) program, an alternative teacher preparation program intended to train diverse cohorts of high-quality teaching candidates to fill hard-to-staff positions. They follow three TEACh programs in different regions of the United States, which were established in partnerships between TNTP (formerly known as The New Teacher Project) and local partner organizations. The partner organizations differed, with one consisting of a medium-size school district, one a large district, and one a nonprofit consortium serving charter schools and two small districts. In these regions, TNTP advised its partner organizations about recruiting, selecting, training, and supporting cohorts of teachers in a gradual release model over the course of three years, with the partner organization taking full responsibility in the third year.
In evaluating the implementation and effects of the TEACh programs, the authors focused on the first two cohorts of teacher candidates in the 2018–2019 and 2019–2020 school years. In addition to tracing successes and challenges in each program and cohort, including the effect of new teachers on student achievement, the authors considered the advantages of using alternative pathways to recruiting, training, and supporting local candidates at a time when states and school districts across the United States are facing substantial shortages of teachers to staff key roles in kindergarten through grade 12 (K–12) schools.
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