Teacher "Residency Program"

Governor Ted Strickland proposes a “residency program” in which teachers spend four years under the tutelage of senior teachers.

He says it will foster an atmosphere of mentoring in the public schools and weed out candidates who are not cut out for teaching.

To weed out poorly performing teachers, Strickland also calls for school administrators to have the power to dismiss teachers “for good cause”.

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  • G Sink

    Interesting idea, though skewed towards graduates fresh out of college. For someone starting teaching as a second career with plenty of real life experience, this seems counter-productive. Perhaps a shorter time frame or formal in school mentoring programs. Strickland seems somewhat obsessed with “poor” performing teachers, but anybody remotely close to the profession knows that student performance is a complex integration of teacher, student, and parent.