Classroom learning is most effectively supported by teachers who have pursued high-quality preparation programs, according to research. Motivating the most promising students to pursue careers in education and providing rigorous teacher preparation is key to having the most effective teachers in our classrooms. Quality education preparation programs work to develop candidates’ teaching abilities and ready them for the realities of the classroom, further raising their chances of success.
The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), along with 24 other organizations, issued a joint statement in December affirming their strong support of high standards in education and calling for united efforts to recruit quality and diverse candidates into the teaching profession.
The full statement can be found at http://bit.ly/Teaching2017.
These entities understand that educators have long been struggling under the weight of a negative narrative about the teaching profession as well as the increased scrutiny and demands placed on them. Additionally, enrollment in U.S. teacher education programs has declined 30% since 2008, and the number of high-achieving undergraduate students considering a career in education is at its lowest level in decades.
AER’s outreach efforts include work by its Professional Personnel Recruitment Committee to attract teachers to the vision field as well as an outstanding university review approval program, which ensures that colleges and universities across North America are offering Teacher of the Visually Impaired and other vision personnel preparation programs that meet high quality standards.
AER is pleased to join these other associations in promoting education as an attractive career and supporting the career-long professional growth of teachers.