This panel discussed the status of the teaching profession in Pennsylvania; what it takes to become a teacher in the state; teacher preparation programs; whether there are efforts to attract more minority students to the teaching profession; why we lose a high percentage of new teachers after only a few years; that status of the new teacher evaluation system in Pennsylvania and much more.
The panel included:
Ron Cowell, President of The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC) and Host of the "Focus on Education" programs;
Dr. Theresa Barnaby, Director, Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality, PA Department of Education;
Ryan Devlin, 2013 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year and Brockway Area High School English and Technology Teacher;
Dolores McCracken, PSEA Treasurer, Council Rock Education Foundation Treasurer, and parent education advocate; and
Dr. Sally A. Winterton, President, Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators
This EPLC Focus on Education Program initially aired on July 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. EST on Pennsylvania Cable Network and re-aired several more times. Visit eplc.org for more resources.