Teacher education for high poverty schools : the National Exceptional Teachers for Disadvantaged Schools program
Burnett, Bruce & Lampert, Jo (2014) Teacher education for high poverty schools : the National Exceptional Teachers for Disadvantaged Schools program. In AARE-NZARE 2014 : Speaking Back through Research, 30 November - 4 December 2014, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. (Unpublished)
A vital element to improve outcomes for disadvantaged students is outstanding teachers. A reality, however, is that teacher graduates in the top quartile of academic scores are far less likely to accept positions in tough urban, regional, rural and remote schools. Further, because high poverty schools can be challenging environments, these teachers are retained for much shorter periods of time. In response to this challenge, the National Exceptional Teachers for Disadvantaged Schools program (NETDS) creates a pathway for the highest quality pre-service teachers to be fully prepared, professionally and personally, for roles within high poverty schools. The program identifies the highest-achieving mainstream preservice teachers in university programs across the country and offers them a specialised curriculum and supported practicum experience in a network of disadvantaged partner schools. By working closely with government, philanthropy and partner schools, the program also works to channel these exceptional pre-service teachers into employment in schools where they will have the greatest impact. Its initial results have been exceptional: over 90% of graduates are now employed as teachers in high poverty schools. This paper will discuss their research on how they are working to build the infrastructure and capacity for research on innovations that prepare teachers for 21st century schools in the Australian context.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||teacher education, disadvantage, high poverty schools|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2014 [please consult the authors]|
|Deposited On:||15 Dec 2014 00:51|
|Last Modified:||15 Dec 2014 00:51|
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