Monday, February 16, 2009

Tomorrow's Teachers

Tomorrow’s Teachers is one of the programs that the College of New Jersey is using to implement the TQE-R Grant. It is a year-long high school elective course for students who aspire to become teachers.

Training for Tomorrow's Teachers was held at the College in June of 2008. Teachers from 44 New Jersey high schools participated in three days of training to implement the course in their schools in the 2008-2009 school year. Instructors were trained by the South Carolina-based Center for Education Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA). In June of 2009, teachers from over 100 New Jersey high schools will be trained by CERRA at two locations: Georgian Court University and William Paterson University.

Tomorrow's Teachers has been used in 30 other states and includes intensive curriculum which focuses on observations and actual field experience. Emphasis is placed on high-shortage subject areas like math, science and special education. The course is taught using three themes: experiencing the learner, experiencing the profession and experiencing the classroom.

Ms. Marianne Titus, an Instructor of Tomorrow’s Teachers at Lawrence High School, said that the students who participate in this program end up more prepared for teaching than students who do not. Studies show that 40 percent of students who experience this curriculum become teachers.

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