We all know teachers who, in the face of insurmountable odds, inspire underserved students to succeed. These teachers are more than good - they are ‘stars’. Dr. Martin Haberman noted that there is a fallacy of the ‘highly qualified bright young teacher’ as he discovered that an overwhelming number of teachers are underprepared to work effectively with underserved students. Haberman explains that selection is more important than teacher training and the ability to identify educators with the social justice or relational characteristics to be successful may lead to a decrease in academic failure among learners and lower teacher attrition. Haberman maintains that school districts still gamble when selecting teachers as only eight percent of our teaching population are stars. Consequently, human resource managers for K-12 school districts, administrators, teachers, teacher advocates, and faculty and graduate students in colleges of education will benefit from this book.
Better Teachers, Better Schools offers a refreshing take on what it means to be a star by sharing some of Haberman’s most requested writings as well as new narratives and research that corroborate his star theory. The contributions in this volume enact Haberman’s seven functions or dispositions of a star teacher; these illustrative book chapters emphasize the star teacher ideology and behavior. Also, each chapter contains learning outcomes and reflection questions for discussion.