On Teach For America
Q: Do you believe the five-week summer training that Teach For America provides to its corp members, who are then placed in high-needs schools, is enough?
A: I think that teaching is incredibly challenging and complex work, and I really valued my preparatory experience. It served me well as an early teacher, and I think the challenge of the classroom would have been far more difficult to handle without the training that I received at Pitt. Children deserve a teacher who is well prepared to work with those children. ... I haven't gone through the Teach For America training, so I can't say to what degree it prepares them. But I can say that even with the one jam-packed year of training and the prerequisites I took prior, I still felt, as most first-year teachers do, that I could have used more preparation.