Teachers and Instruction
Research has shown that teachers who support and challenge students with ambitious instruction are essential for school improvement. With a portfolio that spans from in-depth studies on the successes and flaws of real-world teacher evaluation systems to a teacher education program with 90 percent of graduates remaining in urban schools after five years—far exceeding the national retention rate of 50 percent—UEI works across its different domains to illuminate, model, and share what schools and educators need to succeed.
Research has shown that teachers who support and challenge students with ambitious instruction are essential for school improvement.
The University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program (UChicago UTEP) is featured in the book Inspiring Teaching: Preparing Teachers to Succeed in Mission-Driven Schools as a highly successful program designed to prepare educators for lifelong careers in urban education. The book investigates the "context-specific" approach to teacher education and shows how programs like UChicago UTEP can help teachers develop the understanding, commitment, tools, and strategies they need to teach in specific settings.
- Nationally, just 50 percent of teachers remain in the classroom after five years. In urban contexts like Chicago, a 70 percent attrition rate is not uncommon.
- Over 80 percent of teachers and principals in Chicago Pubic Schools reported that the new REACH teacher evaluation system—based on the Danielson Framework and implemented in 2012-13—is changing practice, improving communication, and encouraging collaboration »
- "Collaborative Teachers" is one of the 5Essentials for school improvement. Past research found that schools strong in at least three of the five Essentials were ten times more like to improve than schools weak in three or more of the Essentials »
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