In an era plagued by teacher shortages, recruitment and training strategies are crucial. One promising early recruitment strategy is the use of teacher academies, pre-collegiate programs for aspiring teachers. Yet precious little is known about these programs or their students, many of whom appear to mirror the much sought-after diversity hoped for in practicing teachers (Darling-Hammond, Berry, Hasselkorn, & Fideler, 1999). This paper reports results of a survey of 133 students enrolled in 11 teacher academies surrounding a large Midwestern city. Data on students’ demographics, future goals, and perceived program needs are reported. Results indicate strengths in program experiences and cohesiveness, and the need for greater emphasis on college readiness and program organization. Further research on these programs is imperative.
Wasburn-Moses, Leah and Kelly-Elliott, Molly
"An Exploratory Survey of Participants in Urban and Suburban Teacher Academy Programs,"
Mid-Western Educational Researcher: Vol. 21:
4, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/mwer/vol21/iss4/4