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Report Review: 7 Trends in the Teaching Force and the Implications for JET

A report by Ingersoll, Merrill, Stuckey, and Collins from the University of Pennsylvania (2018), Seven Trends: The Transformation of the Teaching Force – Updated October 2018, analyzed various data sources to answer the question of whether or not the teaching workforce has changed between 1987 and 2016. They found and noted seven particular ways in which the teaching force has changed during this time. Specifically, they said that the teaching workforce has become: grayer, greener, larger, more female, more diverse (by race and ethnicity), consistent in academic ability, and unstable (Ingersoll et. al, 2018). Of particular interest to me were the researchers’ thoughts on how the teaching workforce has become grayer, greener, larger, more female, and more diverse. What exactly do they mean when they say the teaching force has changed in these ways, and what are the implications for JET? Read more to find out.

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How JET Supports the Movement to Increase Teacher Diversity

Currently, the teacher workforce in the United States is predominantly white, despite the growing diversity in the student body (Lindsay, Blom, & Tilsley, 2017). Many researchers have noted the positive results associated with having the diversity of students reflected in their teachers.

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Cohort Learning: Why It Works

Learning cohorts are defined as groups of students that learn, collaborate, and support one another as they journey through an educational experience. JET has designed its program around the cohort model, understanding that students who learn together naturally form support networks (Mattson-Gearhart), which can be especially beneficial for non-traditional, older, and part-time students who may not be as connected to a university as their younger, full-time peers (Reynolds & Hebert). As an intern for JET, I was eager to see the model in action.

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Why Paraprofessionals Make Great Teachers

I served as an Elementary School Principal in the Acton Public School for 16 years. Prior that that I was a coordinator of Language Arts & Reading in the Haverhill Public Schools for 8 years. And for 6 years I served as an instructor/administrator at Northern Essex Community College, as the Coordinator of the Educational Assistant Program, preparing paraprofessionals to work in elementary classrooms in the Merrimack Valley. I understand the tremendous value of paraprofessionals and why they make great teachers.

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Welcome to the JET website!

We are excited to share our work with you in this new electronic space.  We hope this site will increase the awareness of the opportunities JET offers.  Our intention is to help as many paraprofessionals as possible become licensed teachers in their home communities.  We concentrate on urban schools.  Right now we are working with Boston Public School paraprofessionals.

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