Teacher Preparation Obituary

Advocate for Access to Quality Teaching Dies at Age 79

By Stephen Sawchuk — January 17, 2012 1 min read
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Martin Haberman, a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s school of education, died Jan. 1.


A noted expert on teacher preparation and recruitment, and a longtime advocate for helping disadvantaged students gain access to quality teaching, Mr. Haberman was perhaps best known for the development of the Haberman Star Teacher/Principal Selection tool. The tool, used in districts across the country, is meant to determine which teacher-candidates have the dispositions for working with poor and minority schoolchildren.

In Milwaukee, Mr. Haberman had also helped develop a teacher-training initiative that became the basis for the National Teacher Corps, a federal program that ran from 1966 to 1981. The program was designed to help recent college graduates intern in schools, work on a master’s degree, and engage in community service.

A version of this article appeared in the January 18, 2012 edition of Education Week as Advocate for Access to Quality Teaching Dies at Age 79


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