Thanks to the No Child Left Behind Act and committed community partners like the DISH Network, teachers now have free professional development support. The U.S. Department of Education has brought together some of the nations most effective teachers and education experts to share with their colleagues research-based practices and effective methods of using data to inform classroom instruction.
Teachers now have the opportunity to receive free professional development through programs available online at www.ed.gov/teacherinitiative and on the DISH Network (channel 9418). These programs allow teachers to view sessions from recent Teacher-to-Teacher workshops which feature some of the most effective teachers sharing research-based practices that they have successfully applied in the classroom to close the achievement gap and help all children excel. After viewing each session, teachers will be given the opportunity to participate in an assessment that will allow them to demonstrate what they have learned. Intensive follow-up activities are also available to help with implementation of these practices into the classroom. States and school districts may even count teachers participation in these programs toward their professional development requirements.
This new opportunity for teachers is part of the U.S. Department of Educations Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative. For more information on the many ways the Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative is benefiting educators, please visit www.ed.gov/teacherinitiative.
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