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Examining a cross-section of literature from education, anthropology, and sociology, certain dispositions are identified for teachers who would be most effective in working with children and families in poverty.  The teachers and anyone who has contact with this population can make or break the effectiveness of learning simply through their interactions. Taking this premise in mind, recruitment and selection of interns needs to be very comprehensive. Recruitment will be from universities, junior colleges, and seniors in high school. These institutions will be contacted to locate students who are interested in the Early Childhood profession or related fields. Once those interested are identified there will be three screening tools used for selecting the final candidates. 


The three screening tools, survey, interview and rubric, and observation will be the tools to determine if the candidate is selected to become an intern at Herencia Guadalupana Lab Schools.


The first tool is Haberman’s Survey from the Haberman Foundation.  This computer survey has several categories researched and field tested to show those persons best suited to work with children in poverty.  It follows the concept in the book Star Teacher of Children in Poverty by Haberman.


This tool will give an overview of the data about the candidates ability to implement the elements of quality teaching.

The second screening is a set of interview questions developed by Kelly Lundin from a Master’s thesis project at the University of Southern California.  Though more testing needs to occur with this questionnaire, it did show triangulation with the other two nationally normed tools used in this process. 


Answers will be reviewed with a rubric that was developed from the analysis of the multi-field literature.  This tool will identify if the candidate has the I

The third screening is an observation of the candidate teaching children.  It is a nationally normed observation used in much early childhood settings from Teachstone.  It is the CLASS instrument. 


This instrument will show the ability of the candidate to effectively interact with children to enhance their learning and establish a quality learning environment.  




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