Teacher Tenure

This Teacher Tenure handout & reference also includes:

New Review

Before the implementation of tenure in 1886, female teachers were sometimes fired for wearing pants or staying out too late at night. Scholars research the debate topic to decide if teachers should get tenure. They review the history of teacher tenure, watch videos, and read the top pro and con arguments to arrive at their conclusions. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask pupils to speak with other teachers in the building to learn their perspectives on the subject of tenure
  • Have small groups create a list of the benefits and drawbacks of teacher tenure 
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires headphones for watching videos, as well as computer and Internet access

  • Includes a handy graph showing the length of time before tenure kicks in, state-by-state
  • Allows students to submit their own comments and read others' opinions

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