New Report Reveals Gaps in Private School Teachers’ Training
North American Precis Syndicate
Private school teachers often need even more skills than other educators do. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—There are more than 34,000 private schools educating more
than 4.9 million K−12 students in America, according to the most recent
federal data. And as school choice programs that help families afford to send
their children to private schools continue to expand across the U.S., those
numbers will only continue to grow.
But are our future teachers and school leaders well-prepared to work in
both public and private schools?
New research released last month answers that question. The Private School
Teacher Skills Gap, a report by EdChoice’s
National Director of Research Dr. Michael McShane,
reveals that teacher training programs have room to improve.
Private and Public School Teachers
The study found that the list of skills public and private school teachers
and leaders need to be successful is much longer than the list of skills they
don’t share. Characteristics both need include being innovative,
communication, critical thinking, organization, planning,
understanding research, flexibility, acting as a role model and being a team
Private School Teachers May Need
In many cases, however, private school teachers need to know and be even
more. For example, because private schools are often faith based, those
teachers and leaders need to act as faith leaders and models of faith.
Private school educators may also need more preparation in legal compliance,
accounting and finance than do their public school peers.
Teacher Prep Programs Can Prepare
Private School Educators Better
With a few simple changes, educator preparation programs could provide
pathways for preservice teachers and school leaders
to get the training they need to be successful in private schools. They could
cross-list courses from other departments—such as finance, law and even
theology—and give students credit for taking them.
In states with large private school populations or large private school
choice programs, the demand for well-trained private school teachers might be
high enough for colleges of education to consider offering prep programs
specifically geared to the private sector. Creating new, standalone, private
school-focused programs might also make sense for religious colleges aligned
to elementary and secondary schools that share their faith tradition.
For further information about this report or school choice policies in
America, go to www.edchoice.org.
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