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Appendix B: Resources
The Gallup Organization includes human resources development
in education as a focus area. It offers tools and assistance for recruitment,
selection, and development of teachers and principals. Its TeacherInsight Interview™
tool is used in candidate selection in some sites in this guide.
The Haberman Educational Foundation, Inc. promotes research-based models for identifying teachers and principals, particularly those suited to serve students at risk and in poverty. "The Star Teacher Interview" is designed to identify teacher candidates who are more likely to succeed.
The National Center for Alternative Certification, established in 2003, serves as a "one-stop" clearinghouse of alternative-route information for policymakers, researchers, program administrators, and prospective teachers. The Web site provides easy access to detailed information about policies and about individual alternative route programs in each state. A searchable database is tailored for individuals seeking to become teachers. The National Center provides technical assistance and outreach to states, localities, and other entities wanting to create high-quality alternative certification programs or to upgrade existing programs, to Transition-to-Teaching grant recipients, and to policymakers developing plans for alternative certification initiatives. A call center answers questions about alternative certification; the toll-free telephone number is 1-866-778-2784.
The National Council on Teacher Quality advocates for reforms in a broad range of teacher policies at the federal, state, and local levels, including raising the standards for entry into the profession while eliminating obstacles that keep many talented individuals from considering a career in teaching. The Council compiles a resources feature on alternative certification, including recent developments and "places to watch."
The New Teacher Center (NTC) at the University of California, Santa Cruz, addresses the pressing national need for new teacher and administrator induction programs, as well as quality professional development for educators at all stages of their careers. The NTC has developed a formative assessment system for new teachers, and it provides training and resource materials-print, video, and online. The NTC also conducts research on induction and facilitates a network of researchers.
The New Teacher Project (TNTP) is a national nonprofit organization that partners with education entities to increase the number of outstanding individuals who become public school teachers and create environments for all educators that maximize their impact on
student achievement. Since 1997, TNTP staff have worked with school districts, colleges of education, and state departments of education to design and deliver alternative route programs that meet local needs.
The Teaching Commission is a diverse, bipartisan group comprising 19 leaders in government, business, philanthropy, and education. Established and chaired by Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., the former chair of IBM, the commission works to improve student performance and close America's achievement gap by transforming the way in which America's public school teachers are prepared, recruited, retained, and rewarded. The Commission's report with four broad recommendations provides the framework within which it encourages innovation and reports progress around the country.