April 2003 Show Resources---Investing in America's Classrooms: Ensuring Every Child has a Highly-Qualified Teacher
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Resources and publications for parents and schools
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A list of guest panelists on the April 2003 Education News Parents Can Use
The Helping Your Child publication series focuses on providing parents with tools and information necessary to help their children succeed in school and life.
The Troops-to-Teachers program strives to improve American education by providing mature, motivated, experienced, and dedicated ex-military personnel for the nation's classrooms. Offered by the U.S. Departments of Education and Defense, the program provides referral assistance, placement services and stipends to military personnel interested in becoming teachers after their military service.
The New Teacher Project works with school districts, states and other educational entities to enhance their capacity to recruit, select, train, and support outstanding new teachers. Since its launch in 1997, The New Teacher Project has attracted and prepared over 6,500 outstanding new teachers, launched 39 programs in 19 states, and developed 10 pre-service training institutes.
The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) is a nonprofit organization devoted to the pursuit of teacher quality. The NCTQ and the Education Leaders Council have received a $5 million grant from the United States Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Education to create the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (see below).
The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) is committed to increasing the supply of highly qualified teachers. The board works with school districts and schools to address the mandate of the No Child Left Behind Act, to place a highly qualified teacher in every classroom by 2005-06, by offering a nationally recognized teacher credential that combines professional teaching and subject-area knowledge. ABCT also offers certifies "Master Teachers" who demonstrate excellence in teaching.
The Education Trust works toward the high academic achievement of all students kindergarten through college. The focus is on assisting the institutions most often left behind in plans to improve education---those serving concentrations of low-income, Latino, African American or Native American students. The Education Trust helps state and local leaders reform K-16 education by encouraging a community-wide commitment to academic excellence.
Atlanta's PLUS program is committed to recruiting, selecting, training and supporting outstanding new teachers in the city's public schools. The program looks for successful mid-career professionals from a variety of backgrounds and careers to commit to teach in all grade levels. The goal of the PLUS program is to provide the students of Atlanta Public Schools with a new group of teachers that will work to raise levels of achievement and help prepare students to find academic success now and in the years to come.
The UTeach Program, offered by the University of Texas, Austin, is a joint program of the College of Natural Sciences, the College of Education and the Austin Independent School District to recruit, prepare and support the next generation of math and science teachers. UTeach actively recruits and supports Natural Science undergraduates who are interested in careers in secondary math and science education. Emphasis is on preparing teachers who will be knowledgeable of their discipline, experienced with involving students in scientific inquiry, and practiced in employing new technologies to enhance student learning.
The Transition to Teaching Program provides grants for the recruitment, training, placement of talented individuals from other fields into teaching positions in K-12 classrooms and support for them during their first years in the classroom. In particular, the program targets mid-career professionals from various fields who possess strong subject-matter skills and recent college graduates with notable academic records and a baccalaureate degree in a field other than teaching.
Teach for America builds a corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit two years to teach in public schools in low-income communities. Each year, Teach For America selects a corps of almost 2000 individuals, trains them together during summer institutes, places them as full-time, paid teachers in urban and rural public schools, and coordinates an ongoing network to support them during their two year commitment and beyond.
Teacher quality grants offered by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 help increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and school districts ensure that all teachers are highly qualified to teach. Through the program, state, local, and higher educational agencies receive funds on a formula basis. The teacher quality grants provide agencies the flexibility to use the funds creatively in order to create effective teacher quality programs.
The Office of Special Education Programs of the U.S. Department of Education has established the Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports to give schools assistance in identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices. The center works with schools, parents and communities in creating a positive learning and behavioral environments for both children and teachers.
With more than one million members nationwide, the mission of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), AFL-CIO, is to improve the lives of their members and their families by giving voice to their legitimate professional, economic and social aspirations. AFT is an ever-present voice for the high-quality public education for every citizen and efficient and effective delivery of public services---especially for children.
Parents for Public Schools (PPS) is a national organization of community-based chapters working to strengthen public schools through broad-based enrollment. By mobilizing parents who reflect the full diversity of our towns and cities, PPS works to build both strong public schools and healthier, move vital communities. PPS encourages parents to be active participants in their children's education. The Waco chapter of Parents for Public Schools was formed in 1993. The Waco chapter has named parents, teachers, principals, business leaders and district administrators to Teacher Recruitment and Retention Task Force, which addresses teacher vacancies and quality issues.
The No Child Left Behind official web site provides resources and information to help answer questions about the new education law signed by President Bush on January 8, 2002.
On this site the U.S. Department of Education offers information about school choice, supplemental services, testing and accountability, as well as parenting tips on reading and homework.
The Achiever is a biweekly electronic newsletter published by the U.S. Department of Education that contains news and articles on education reform, tips for parents and teachers, and resources related to No Child Left Behind.
Susan Sclafani is Counselor to the U.S. Secretary of Education. In her position, she advises the Secretary on educational issues and initiatives, with a primary focus on the No Child Left Behind Act. Prior to this position, Dr. Sclafani was Chief of Staff for Educational Services in the Houston Independent School District where she represented the Superintendent on educational issues and coordinated activities of the departments directly involved in the education of children. Dr. Sclafani has also served as Assistant Superintendent in Construction Management and has previously served as Executive Director of Curriculum Development, where she planned the district-wide K-12 Character Education program, directed project ACCESS (A Collaborative Curriculum To Enhance Student Success) and guided the plans to restore the accreditation status of the school district.
Kathy Madigan is the President of The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE), an organization that is committed to increasing the supply of highly qualified teachers. Dr. Madigan is known as a "teacher of teachers"; she has served on numerous panels and teacher quality oversight boards. She has worked as a regular and special education classroom teacher, principal, college professor, curriculum coordinator, and research project director. Dr. Madigan served as Assistant Dean of Education at the University of Oregon, where she worked as a liaison from the University to the State of Oregon's Teacher Standards and Practice Commission. She is currently serving on panels to reform teacher education programs in Louisiana and California. Dr. Madigan is regarded as an expert in effective instruction and behavior management.
Larry Abraham is the chair of the Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at the University of Texas, Austin and a faculty member in the UTeach Program. The UTeach program, offered by the university's Colleges of Education and Natural Sciences offers opportunities for students to graduate with teaching certificates in addition to their degrees. Dr. Abraham believes that the UTeach program gives students an opportunity to think critically about their own teaching methods. Participating faulty members oversee undergraduates' field experiences in Austin public schools. Along with his work in the university's teacher education program, Dr. Abraham is an associate professor of motor behavior in the Department of Kinesiology & Health Education.
Richard Bermudez is a sixth grade teacher at Palmer Way Elementary School in National City, California. Before teaching, Mr. Berm??dez was Radioman First Class in the United States Navy for twenty years, specializing in telecommunications. Upon his honorable discharge in 1994, Mr. Berm??dez became involved in the Troops-to-Teachers program offered by the U.S. Departments of Defense and Education. His Navy experience overseas brought him much appreciation of diverse cultures and peoples and brings those lessons and adventures of his service to the classroom. Mr. Berm??dez recently met first Lady Laura Bush, who traveled to California military bases paying tribute to the Troops-to-Teachers program.
Kaya Henderson is a Regional Director of The New Teacher Project. The New Teacher Project consults with school districts, states and other educational groups to enhance their ability to recruit, select, train, and support new teachers. As a Regional Director, Ms. Henderson is responsible for the marketing and management of consulting projects with school districts from Maryland to Georgia. She is a former Spanish teacher in New York City public schools and currently lectures at Georgetown University. As the former Executive Director of Teach for America, Inc., Ms. Henderson worked with DC public schools in recruiting and developing new, quality teachers. She currently serves on a citywide task force on improving quality teaching in Washington, DC schools.
Stephanie Robinson is a Principal Partner of The Education Trust, a non-profit organization that works with school districts and communities to ensure all students reach high standards and to improve teacher quality. In particular, Dr. Robinson's work with The Education Trust focuses on working with community-based programs that strive to reform education in poverty-stricken areas. Dr. Robinson has published numerous articles and served with numerous boards on school reform. She is a former public school teacher and administrator in the Kansas City, Missouri School District. Dr. Robinson has also worked as a college faculty member and advocate for education with the National Urban League.
Pat Atkins is a parent and school board member with Waco Independent School District in Waco, Texas. In 2001, Mr. Atkins worked with the Waco chapter of Parents for Public Schools to help determine the cause of the high number of new-teacher attrition rates and improve teacher quality. In reaction to their findings, this group created a teacher recruitment and retention task force that laid out new strategies to help the school district retain its newest members of the teaching profession. Mr. Atkins has three children, ranging in age from 14-years to 3-years, and is an attorney at a local law-firm.