New educators learn about city neighborhoods during orientation

07/28/2010 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Eighty novice teachers are participating in a three-week intensive orientation to prepare them to lead classrooms this fall in Pittsburgh's urban public schools. The program includes visiting neighborhoods and meeting with community groups to familiarize teachers with issues students face outside of school and the resources available to help. The orientations will be replaced next year with the opening of the city's Teacher Academy -- which will offer 13 months of training before teachers enter the classroom -- and is part of a plan funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve teacher effectiveness.

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