Alternative certification and Teach For America: The search for high quality teachers

Vasquez Heilig, J., Cole, H. & Springel, M. (2011). Alternative certification and Teach For America: The search for high quality teachers. Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, 20(3), 388-412.

At a time when accountability leads almost any discussion within or about the education sector, it is a disconcerting irony that we continue to require more and more out of students in terms of skills, performance, and results, but less out of their teachers. The policy disconnect cannot be ignored. Now is the time to elevate the teaching profession, not dismantle it. Men and women entering the profession via TFA should do so not as a short-term stepping stone to other vocations—but because they feel a long-term calling and a commitment to dedicate a career to teaching. Sometimes reform needs reform.

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