The ever-growing teacher shortage may become less of a concern thanks to this project that targets high school juniors who exhibit an aptitude for the profession. Target Teaching, created by Parsippany-Troy Hills Education Association (Morris County) members Bonnie Morris, Carole Adamsbaum, Susan Schopperth, Marie Archer, Ron Foreso, Carol Wolosky, Mimi Veres-Taylor, Carol Tiesi, and Kathleen Sleezer and funded through a $9,750 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education.
Target Teaching?s aim is to design and implement a program to introduce students to the teaching profession, create a potential pool of teacher candidates who would return to the community to begin their practice, and to honor the teaching profession by instilling a respect for all facets of the profession.
Students will be nominated by the current teaching staff and participate in an application process. Participants will attend a seminar series on classroom pedagogy and ultimately will be paired with an experienced teacher.
Students will then visit a college methods class, attend new teacher orientation sessions, and professional development workshops.
Assessment of the effectiveness of the project will take place through portfolio presentations; surveys of the students, parents, and mentor teachers; and data collection regarding participants -final career plans.
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