U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige today announced a new initiative to engage some of the nation's best teachers and education experts in sharing techniques for raising student achievement with other teachers from across the country. The Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative will also keep teachers informed of the latest strategies and research on educational practices that work in the classroom.
The four-pronged Teacher-to-Teacher initiative features:
Teacher RoundtablesThis spring and summer, the U.S. Department of Education will host discussions with teachers around the country on effective teaching, professional development, teacher leadership and ways to advance the teaching profession. The emphasis will be on listening and engaging teachers about what support they need to meet the academic needs of students.
Summer WorkshopsTeachers and education experts who have improved student achievement and closed the achievement gap will share experiences with fellow teachers on how to emulate these programs. Teachers will also receive additional resources, such as online assistance, to support them as they incorporate new strategies in the classroom.
Research-to-Practice SummitTo be held this summer in Washington, D.C., the summit comprises a day of listening and learning from experts in the field of scientifically based research and teachers with success in improving their students' achievement levels.
Teacher E-mail UpdatesElectronic updates will keep teachers apprised of the latest policy, research and developments in the profession.
The initiative also includes a new Web sitehttps://www.teacherquality.us/default.aspwith information about effective practices and initiatives at the state and local levels and upcoming teacher-oriented events. Educators may apply for one of the summer workshops or register for the e-mail updates on the Web site.
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