New Schools has put forward some interesting thinking on changing how new teachers enter the field. The comparison to law is pretty interesting. Joel Klein had another version that was also compelling and had multiple layers of teacher leadership built into it. The advantage of these models is that they capitalize on using expert teachers as teachers as opposed to turning them in administrators.
I’m not sure if either of these models work, but we do need to consider different options. Of course, regular readers of this blog will note the recent post about how new teacher standards are becoming watered down.
As a country we are at a bizarrely paradoxical moment where we want to increase the accountability of teachers yet reduce the rigor of the gateway into the profession. Establishing graduated levels of employment may be a very helpful option.