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Over the past twenty years, the US teacher preparation system has expanded and new teachers entering the workforce come through many more routes, some based in universities, some based in K-12 schools, some coordinated by other entities, including cultural institutions (NAE, 2009). The  proportion of teachers in the US with three or fewer years of experience has increased steadily over the last twenty years: in 1987-1988, the modal experience level was 15 years, in 2007-2008 it was less than 2 years. Because research demonstrates that teachers' effectiveness increases over the first five years of their career (NAE, 2009), a workforce of brand-new teachers poses particular challenges if our goal is to have a teacher in every classroom capable of supporting high-quality student learning.

While a steady stream of beginning teachers is not necessarily a problem, it cannot be expected to sustain or strengthen the teacher workforce. In this presentation, I will share an alternative vision and argue that the US teaching workforce needs "backbone teachers", that is, experienced and expert teacher leaders who are deeply networked and trained from the beginning of their careers to support and strengthen the profession. I will also describe the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation's model for recruiting, developing, retaining, and catalyzing these teacher leaders in the STEM fields and share the results of our programs.
2014 PhysTEC Conference
Austin, TX: May 19-20, 2014
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N. Gillespie, presented at the 2014 PhysTEC Conference, Austin, TX, 2014, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13274&DocID=3812).
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N. Gillespie, Community, Inquiry, Leadership: Opportunities that Support STEM Teacher Growth and Sustainability, presented at the 2014 PhysTEC Conference, Austin, TX, 2014, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13274&DocID=3812>.
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Gillespie, N. (2014, May 19-20). Community, Inquiry, Leadership: Opportunities that Support STEM Teacher Growth and Sustainability. Paper presented at 2014 PhysTEC Conference, Austin, TX. Retrieved September 21, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13274&DocID=3812
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Gillespie, Nicole. "Community, Inquiry, Leadership: Opportunities that Support STEM Teacher Growth and Sustainability." Paper presented at the 2014 PhysTEC Conference, Austin, TX, May 19-20, 2014. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13274&DocID=3812 (accessed 21 September 2014).
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Gillespie, Nicole. "Community, Inquiry, Leadership: Opportunities that Support STEM Teacher Growth and Sustainability." 2014 PhysTEC Conference. Austin, TX: 2014. 21 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13274&DocID=3812>.
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