Friday, July 20, 2018

Urban teaching school concept introduced in Chalkbeat article


Chalkbeat reporter Erin Einhorn wrote an article previewing and tracing the genesis of Dean Elizabeth Birr Moje’s concept for an urban teaching school model. By following Dean Moje and Dr. Jonathan Zimmerman, the program director for internal medicine at Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn, during medical rounds, Einhorn observed how medical education and teacher education intersect. The teaching school concept began when Dr. Zimmerman reached out to Dean Moje and Professor Bob Bain for help developing a new evaluation tool for medical residents in 2010.

Einhorn points to common challenges with teacher recruitment and retention. Currently, one in ten new teachers leaves the profession after their first year, with even higher rates of teacher attrition in urban schools. The urban teaching school model provides new graduates with three years of teaching experience as “resident” teachers who are consistently receiving the necessary support to develop. The model is beneficial for K-12 students attending the school, as well, since children will get more attention than in traditional school settings.

Elizabeth Birr Moje is George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Dean of the School of Education

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