A moment for charter schools. They’re kind of the rage right now, providing aspiring teachers with a combination of “kids-in-need” and the independence, support, and progressive teaching often considered absent from public schools. In the best of situations, that’s correct. Some charter schools are laboratories for a better vision of public schooling, providing high-quality, personalized care for kids that generally can’t afford the better private or independent schools. Future teachers take care, however, for all charter schools are not created equal. There are as many lousy, poorly run charter schools as there are full-public and private schools, and take the time to get to know the administration, pedagogy, and approach before you sign on.
If, however, you want to serve low-income, high-need student communities, and want to take part in some pretty exciting experiments in teaching, charters are definitely a good option. Teach California Charters is a part of The New Teacher Project, and is a clearinghouse for teaching positions statewide, and they have programs for both credentialed and not-yet-credentialed teachers. The priority deadline for this year is approaching at the end of the week. Full endorsement from TeachBreakthroughs. Check it out.