Saturday, February 16, 2008

Obama on Education

The following public education ideas are taken from barackobama.com :

Recruit, Prepare, Retain, and Reward America's Teachers

Recruit Teachers: Obama will create new Teacher Service Scholarships that will cover four years of undergraduate or two years of graduate teacher education, including high-quality alternative programs for mid-career recruits in exchange for teaching for at least four years in a high-need field or location.

Prepare Teachers: Obama will require all schools of education to be accredited. He will also create a voluntary national performance assessment so we can be sure that every new educator is trained and ready to walk into the classroom and start teaching effectively. Obama will also create Teacher Residency Programs that will supply 30,000 exceptionally well-prepared recruits to high-need schools.

Retain Teachers: To support our teachers, Obama's plan will expand mentoring programs that pair experienced teachers with new recruits. He will also provide incentives to give teachers paid common planning time so they can collaborate to share best practices.

Reward Teachers: Obama will promote new and innovative ways to increase teacher pay that are developed with teachers, not imposed on them. Districts will be able to design programs that reward accomplished educators who serve as a mentor to new teachers with a salary increase. Districts can reward teachers who work in underserved places like rural areas and inner cities. And if teachers consistently excel in the classroom, that work can be valued and rewarded as well.

5 Comments:

At 11:10 AM , Blogger Polski3 said...

Well, politicians SAY many things. What has he done for education and teachers as a state Senator in Illinois? What has he done for education and teachers as one of onley 50 US Senators ?

Talk is cheap....Actions speak louder.

Please note that I am not bashing Senator Obama; I am merely asking a question. I'll wonder the same about ANY candidate who wants to be in a high elected office.

 
At 11:33 AM , Blogger Mr. McNamar said...

Polski, you and I both know that talk is cheap. Ms. Clinton hasn't really done anything for education, nor has Sen. McCain. I recognize that during elections, our candidates say a lot.
Education is, and always will be an election year topic. But for me, any candidate willing to put merit pay on the table, especially a candidate who comes from the Democrat's camp, has to intrigue us.

 
At 7:20 AM , Anonymous Betty said...

It would be nice if politicians had lists of things they promised and addressed this list every year they are in office. I'm not so sure about merit pay. It's difficult to determine if it's the teacher or the class. What if a teacher only teaches the gifted?

 
At 8:10 PM , Blogger Dr Pezz said...

I worry about these assessments; they can be anything. The only one I've seen covered everything for K-12 for only a secondary teaching certificate.

Also, why not just raise all salaries?

I really feel education speeches will end as soon as the elections do.

 
At 7:26 AM , Blogger Mr. McNamar said...

Couldn't our merit be judged based on where the students are (baseline) with how our students grow (formative) and where they ultimately end (summative)?
I don't agree with substantial raises for all because it only encourages those who are not teaching well to continue to fail.

 

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