TEACH-NOW, an online training and credentialing program, plans to turn out 10,000 new teachers in the next five years, reports Jackie Mader in Washington Monthly’s College Guide.
Four years ago, Emily Feistritzer, an education researcher and former president of the National Center for Education Information, began the nine-month training course to help new teachers learn to use technology in the classroom. There are now 700 graduates.
“The majority of [schools of education] are pretty stale and boring and don’t really prepare teachers to work in 21st century schools,” said Philip Schmidt, former dean of Western Governors University’s teacher preparation program, who’ll help with the expansion.
In TEACH-NOW’s model, “students take online classes with 15 or fewer students and work through a sequence of individual online modules, instead of taking several different classes at the same time,” writes Mader. “Classroom observations, projects and school-based experiences, like tutoring, are integrated throughout the curriculum, and all aspiring teachers must complete a 12-week module of student teaching at the end of the certification program.”
Tom Vander Ark has more on online teacher prep and the TEACH-NOW model.