A Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom?
Appraising Old Answers and New Ideas

  • Title:

    A Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom?
  • Edited By:

    Kate Walsh,
  • Edited By:

    Kate Walsh,
  • Edited By:

    Kate Walsh
  • Paperback ISBN:

    1-891792-20-2
  • 256 Paperback pages
  • Hardcover ISBN:

    1-891792-21-0

Under the No Child Left Behind Act, states will have to ensure that every public school classroom is staffed by a highly qualified teacher. This mandate--and the fact that many children, especially low-income and minority students, are taught by underqualified teachers ill-equipped for the challenges ahead--gives new urgency to debates over teacher recruitment, preparation, and induction.

For several years, these debates have been dominated by competing groups of partisans. One denies that teaching requires a professional base of knowledge and skill, while the other tries to promote professionalism by ensuring that traditional programs retain their control over licensure and formal certification. The conflict confuses policymakers, frustrates educators, and stiffles potentially promising solutions.

In this volume, eleven contributors with rich experience in policy and teaching take a fresh look at a number of issues, including:

  • Current systems for preparing and licensing teachers, and how they affect the quality and supply of teachers in the work force;
  • An array of reform models for teacher preparation and licensure, and what they would mean for the profession;
  • Questions of rigor and ideology in the core curricula of education schools or programs;
  • The federal role in techer preparation and licensure, especially in light of NCLB.

A Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom?

lays out new approaches for ensuring high-quality teacher preparation while offering a candid assessment of the obstacles that may impede the implementation of such new models.


Frederick M. Hess is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the executive editor of Education Next.

Andrew J. Rotherham is director of the Progressive Policy Institute's 21st Century Schools Project and a former special assistant to President Bill Clinton on domestic policy.

Kate Walsh is the executive director of the National Council on Teacher Quality.

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Frederick M.
Hess
  • An educator, political scientist and author, Frederick M. Hess studies K-12 and higher education issues. His books include "Cage-Busting Leadership," "Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age," "The Same Thing Over and Over," "Education Unbound," "Common Sense School Reform," "Revolution at the Margins," and "Spinning Wheels." He is also the author of the popular Education Week blog, "Rick Hess Straight Up." Hess's work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as Teachers College Record, Harvard Education Review, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, American Politics Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, U.S. News & World Report, National Affairs, the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic and National Review. He has edited widely cited volumes on the Common Core, the role of for-profits in education, education philanthropy, school costs and productivity, the impact of education research, and No Child Left Behind.  Hess serves as executive editor of Education Next, as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, and on the review boards for the Broad Prize in Urban Education and the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. He also serves on the boards of directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and 4.0 SCHOOLS. A former high school social studies teacher, he teaches or has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University and Harvard University. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government, as well as an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum, from Harvard University.


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