I am interested in learning more about second-career teachers. Particularly, I am interested in examining school administrators' perceptions in hiring, supporting and retaining second-career teachers.  

Please feel free to share any experiences on this topic.  

 

For clarity, "second-career teacher" is defined as an individual that has been employed in another profession prior to becoming a certified k-12 teacher.  The route of certification is often an alternative route, but it is not always the case.

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Comment by Joseph A. Coladonato, Ed.D on August 8, 2011 at 9:08am

Joan,

Thank you for sharing.  Studying this phenomenon has been a terrific experience.  At some point do you think I can contact you via messaging through this site or personal e-mail?

 I am interested in learning more about second-career teachers especially from the perspective of administrators.  In reviewing literature, few studies mention the reasons administrators hire these second-career teachers, and even fewer discuss how to tap into the wealth of expertise and resources second-career teachers possess.  As of now, preliminarily, it seems that administrators like the maturity, sense of mission and content knowledge second-career teachers possess, but they (administrators) lack the knowledge of second-career teachers and how to capitalize on their skill set, and expertise in potentially applying a practical, rich curriculum.  Often these teachers adapt by accepting a more prescriptive curriculum- known as "washing out"- which, personally, seems like hiring these individuals defeats the overall purpose.  Nevertheless, the data is mixed on second-career teachers' satisfaction levels, predominantly due to lack of administration support.  Thanks again.

Joe

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