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U.S. Department of Education Accepting Applications For Teacher-to-Teacher Training Corps

Ohanian Comment: Looks like the U. S. Department of Education is going into the in-service provider business. Your tax dollars at work. I am the proud owner of a "Banned in California" T-shirt. Some years back, the California State Board of Education put out a call similar to the one below for literacy expertise. More than twenty experts from around the country who professed tenets in keeping with a holistic approach all received the same rejection letter. Rumor had it that Marion Joseph vetted applications for "wrong names" in the bibiographies. The last I heard, Joseph, a former member of the California State Board of Education, was working on the California implementation of the Federal Reading First legislation.

Rejection by California isn't trivial. It means that no district may hire us to offer our expertise. Only "approved" experts are acceptable. I forsee the same thing with the little list the Feds are compiling.


The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the formation of the Teacher-to-Teacher Training Corps. The corps will consist of effective teachers and practitioners who will provide on-site technical assistance and regional workshops for teachers and districts over the next 12 months. This team is an expansion of the Teacher-to-Teacher Workshops that have been offered in cities across the nation for the past two summers.

The Department is looking for teachers and school leaders who are using scientifically based research strategies and have data to demonstrate effectiveness. Trainers will share the research underlying these practices and their experience with implementing them in classrooms and schools. The goal of the Teacher-to-Teacher Training Corps is to support district level professional development efforts by providing demonstrations by expert teachers and administrators of ways to improve academic performance through increased content knowledge and improved pedagogical skill. Participants should leave sessions with ready-to-use strategies and an understanding of why and when those strategies are effective.

Members of the Teacher-to-Teacher Training Corps will be eligible to participate in workshops for teachers during 2005 and 2006. They will also be eligible to make presentations at the Department's summer workshops in 2006 and work with interested districts in ways that align with and support continuing district efforts during the school year and summer. Sessions in each site will be aligned to districts' academic goals and student data. It may be that a district's needs are best met with monthly in-service for its literacy coaches. It may be that a district wants the corps to work with secondary math teachers on several districtwide in-service days. Or, it may be that a district wants a series of Saturday offerings for its science teachers.

The members of the corps will also support participants through e-mail mentoring, e-Learning presentations, webcasts and follow-up visits, some of which have already begun with the Teacher-to-Teacher workshop providers.

To apply for this corps, teachers and school leaders must submit a complete proposal, which should include a PowerPoint presentation and handouts. Those selected for the corps may be asked to modify the presentation content or format for particular audiences (teachers, administrators or trainers) and district goals. Applications are due by Oct. 10, 2005.

For those who are selected, the U.S. Department of Education will provide travel, accommodations, and a $1,000 honorarium for planning, preparation and participation for each training event. Members of the corps will have the flexibility to determine the level of their participation in workshops scheduled around the country during 2005 and 2006.


* The Department is looking for presenters who weave content and pedagogy together.

* Presentations in the content areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, arts, history, civics and foreign language are of particular interest.

* The Department is interested in research-based classroom strategies that help teachers to differentiate instruction, to teach successfully in inclusive or mainstream classrooms, to work well with English-language learners, to use technology to help meet standards, to use data to increase student achievement, and to take advantage of learning strategies that improve student behavior. Sessions on pedagogy must be embedded in a content area; they should not be stand-alone presentations.

* The Department is also interested in sessions on school leadership, professional learning communities, analysis of student work, teacher evaluation strategies, strategic planning, assessment and the use of data.

* Each presentation should include relevant research.

* Each presentation should include evidence that the work has made a difference in student achievement.

* Each presentation should be interactive and use principles of adult learning.

* Each presentation should be 90 minutes long; however, presenters may be asked to adapt it to fit the needs of a district.

* Those who work directly with students must be highly qualified according to their stateís definition in order to participate. Proof of this must be included in the application.

All presentations will be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education.

To apply, please visit: http://www.teacherquality.us/TeacherToTeacher/CallForTrainers.asp

The Teacher-to-Teacher Training Corps project is part of the U.S. Department of Educationís 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. More information is available online at: www.ed.gov/teacherinitiative.

— News Release, NCLB Extra Credit
U. S. Department of Education


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