Synopses & Reviews
The authors provide a comprehensive blueprint for developing a better system of teacher liscensing. They detail the essential components of that plan--from establishing rigorous professional standards to developing performance assesments, as well as institutional accreditation, advanced certification for individual teachers, and appropriate internships.
Rich with examples of real-life standards, exams, assessments, and other useful tools, A License to Teach not only shares the wisdom of professionals who are experienced in setting accreditation and certification standards, but offers important advice on how to prepare and evaluate aspiring teachers for the challenges of their profession.
"It's hard to find an official who doesn't say teacher quality is a key issue in education reform--and it's even harder to find one willing to do something responsible about it. No more excuses. A License to Teach tells us why we need to get it right in the first place and how to do it. It is the best source on the subject we have." (Albert Shanker, president, American Federation of Teachers)
"This timely and important book presents a new and demanding vision of preparing teachers for America's public schools. It effectively critiques new efforts underway that are challenging what teachers need to know and how and who is licensed to teach. A License to Teach is a must-read for anyone interested in today's quality education debate." (Keith Geiger, president, National Education Association)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 203-215) and index.
About the Author
LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND is professor of education at Stanford University and codirector of the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST) at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is also executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future. ARTHUR E. WISE is president of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). STEPHEN P. KLEIN is a senior research scientist at the RAND Corporation.
Table of Contents
Licensing Teachers: The Need for Change.
What Teachers Need to Know and Be Able to Do.
The Need for New Assessments in Teaching.
New Assessment Strategies in Teaching.
An Architecture for a Licensing System.
Developing Prototype Assessments for Licensing.