Through collaborative marketing, hands-on support of candidates, reducing barriers for applicants, strengthening ‘Grow Your Own’ and teacher prep program recruitment, and using data for continuous improvement of recruitment practices, the TeachDFW Initiative will:
Research tells us that completing student teaching leads to better prepared, effective teachers. Yet, in 2017, 72% of DFW’s brand new teachers did not come from regional teacher preparation programs that require a form of student teaching.
In 2017, DFW teachers with a form of student teaching in their preparation were 16% more likely to feel well-prepared to teach compared to their counterparts without student teaching.
This matters because when new teachers have a strong start to their careers, they are more likely to be effective long term and more likely to stay in the profession. And, teachers are the most important in-school based factor in students' achievement.
For 2017-2018, we have focused on improving the digital tools of TeachDFW, including the addition of content and functionality to help teacher preparation program applicants. We piloted My Application Coach, a suite of services to provide individualized support to applicants. Our primary goal was to increase applications to partner post-baccalaureate teacher preparation programs and secondary goal was to assist recruiting efforts across the continuum.