in the Classroom (Alabama)
Supporting Teachers Where the Need Is Greatest
2004 Update: BellSouth’s Teaching Quality Initiative Making
a Difference in Alabama
BellSouth Quality in the Classroom is partnering with Samford University
School of Education to enhance new teacher induction, development,
support and retention in schools where the need is greatest.
the program’s aim is to improve teaching quality, teacher retention,
and student achievement in 5-8 elementary schools in the Birmingham
City and Fairfield school systems. BellSouth Quality in the Classroom
is working to strengthen professional development and teacher assessments,
to establish an induction and mentoring program, and to engage the
community’s support for new teachers.
50 new teachers and their schools are benefiting from the focus on
teaching quality and satisfaction, improved school structures and
policies, and the involvement of their school leadership in the program.
Moreover, the Samford University School of Education uses feedback
from the program to improve its curriculum for new teacher preparation.
BellSouth volunteers are working to engage the community and to support
the new teachers in a variety of ways.
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