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American Educator
Summer 2006

 

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Seeking Success with Students
New Teachers Can't Be Successful—and Won't Stay in Teaching—Without Help from Their School

A huge wave of teacher retirements is spawning a raft of clever approaches to recruitment. But there's no sense turning somersaults to recruit if we don't fix the conditions that drive half of new teachers out. What drives them out? What keeps them?

Why New Teachers Leave... (PDF)
By Leslie Baldacci

As a new teacher, Leslie Baldacci had six weeks of training, 35 seventh-graders, and obstacle after obstacle put between her and classroom success. She survived her first year, but she understands why so many of her peers did not.

...and Why New Teachers Stay (PDF)
By Susan Moore Johnson and the Project on the Next Generation of Teachers

In teaching, there's no corner office, no big payday. Teachers' primary reward is seeing their students succeed. To retain teachers, one key piece is simple: Give new teachers the support they need to be effective in their first few years. Chances are, they'll stay for years to come. That's the message from the Project on the Next Generation of Teachers.

Teachers Transfer Out of High-Poverty, Low-Support Schools Because of Conditions ... Not Union Transfer Provisions (PDF)

Teacher Unions Can Support New Teachers' Desire for Assistance and Professional Growth—While Aiding Teacher Effectiveness (PDF)

Fred Plans to Stay "Forever" (PDF)


Drop Everything and Read—but How?
For Students Who Are Not Yet Fluent, Silent Reading Is Not the Best Use of Classroom Time

By Jan Hasbrouck

Sustained silent reading has swept the country. It seems like just what students need—but is it? Not if they are still struggling to read fluently. That requires a good model, lots of practice reading out loud, and frequent feedback.

Screening, Diagnosing, and Progress Monitoring: The Details (PDF)

Alone in the World
For Autistic Children, Relating to Others Is Life's Greatest Challenge
By Laura Schreibman

From the 1988 movie Rain Man to a recent cover of Time magazine, autism seems to be a hot topic in the popular media. This is great for raising awareness, but the depiction of the disorder is not always accurate. Laura Schreibman, who has been studying autism for 40 years, sets the record straight.

Is Autism on the Rise?

Educating Autistic Children
By Aubyn Stahmer and Laura Schreibman

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About American Educator

American Educator is a quarterly journal of educational research and ideas published by the American Federation of Teachers. Recent articles have focused on such topics as reducing the achievement gap between poor and affluent students, heading off student discipline problems, teaching an appreciation and understanding of democracy, the benefits of a common coherent curriculum, and other issues affecting children and education here and abroad. Total circulation, as of our most recent issue, is over 900,000.

 
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