|Scooped by Karla Luetzow|
The New Teacher Project is an organization founded by former Teach for America alum Michelle Rhee. Instead of a five week program, the New Teacher Project works actively with their teacher fellows in the classroom. This short two-minute video gives a clear representation of this program’s teacher training.
I really enjoyed this video. I think this program is the happy in-between of Teach for America and normal undergraduate teacher certification. As the teacher stated in the video, she always dreamed of becoming a teacher, but the normal certification process did not work with her schedule. Therefore, the New Teacher Project allows her to be able to teach in a shorter time but allows her to grow as a teacher with a mentor giving her feedback along the way. It is incorporating the student teaching internship in a faster paced environment.
I found it particularly powerful when one teacher remarked about her status as a teacher. Instead of calling herself a teacher, she called herself an “educator.” Instead of this just being a job, she called it a career path. The tone in her voice seemed very passionate to me. I hope that one day I can call myself an educator with as much passion as the one in the video. This kind of program seems to foster teachers that really care about the students. These teachers are learning to teach the students in the most effective way as possible. Overall, The New Teacher Project is a project that I support. It is similar but different from Teach for America. If I had to choose between the two, I would choose The New Teacher Project because the teacher training seems to promote better, more prepared teachers.