Just to follow up on the post this morning. EdWeek released an article documenting the major overhaul of their teacher training program that has gone on over the past several years. The major move is from “teacher satisfaction” to “teacher efficacy.” I think Breakthrough is poised for that move…
The role of the program directors has changed dramatically over the past five years, even as the organization has boomed in size, to about 7,000 corps members.
At one time, program directors had more of a support role—“to keep corps members satisfied,” in Ms. Stone’s words. Now, they are charged with enabling the members to develop into highly effective teachers.
TFA’s shift over the past decade toward measuring and promoting its teachers’ ability to boost student performance has caused the organization to reconfigure not just program directors’ roles, but nearly all its other support components.