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U.S. Department of Education Seeks Nominations for American Stars of Teaching

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking nominations for its second annual American Stars of Teaching project, which recognizes outstanding teachers for raising student academic achievement.

Teachers across all grade levels and disciplines will be honored this fall as 2005 American Stars of Teaching. One teacher, or team of teachers from a school, will be recognized in every state and the District of Columbia. Parents, students, colleagues, school administrators or others can nominate a teacher who they believe has the qualities to be an American Star of Teaching.

Last fall the Department recognized 56 teachers as American Stars of Teaching from diverse schools like Loma Vista Intermediate School in Riverside, California. The 2004 honored teachers included Tamara Rhone of Denver, Colorado, whose Advanced Placement classes include many minority students; Angie Miller of Junction City, Kansas, who raised the math achievement of her middle-schoolers; and chemistry teacher-extraordinaire Doug Worthley of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

U.S. Department of Education officials will again visit the schools of American Star teachers to congratulate them on their success. The American Stars of Teaching project is part of the Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative, which includes teacher and principal roundtables, teacher workshops and conferences, regular e-mail updates, and a free-of-charge, online professional development tool.

Profiles of four of last year's American Stars of Teaching were featured in the Department's Feb. 1 issue of The Achiever, which is available online.

A complete listing of the 2004 American Stars of Teaching is available online.

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