Wednesday, June 29, 2011

WEB Resources that might be of interest

Dan Meyer -
I'm Dan Meyer. I taught high school math between 2004 and 2010 and I
am currently studying at Stanford University on a doctoral fellowship.
My hobbies include graphic design, filmmaking, motion graphics, and
infographics, most of which have found their way into my practice in
some way or another. My specific interests include curriculum design
(answering the question, "how we design the ideal learning experience
for students?") and teacher education (answering the questions, "how
do teachers learn?" and "how do we retain more teachers?" and "how do
we teach teachers to teach?").

Sir Ken Robinson -
Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the
development of education, creativity and innovation. He is also one
of the world’s leading speakers with a profound impact on audiences
everywhere. The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the
prestigious TED Conference have been seen by an estimated 200 million
people in over 150 countries.

Dinae Ravitch

Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York
University and a historian of education. In addition, she is a
nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington,
D.C. She shares a blog called Bridging Differences with Deborah Meier,
hosted by Education Week. She also blogs for and
the Huffington Post. Her articles have appeared in many newspapers and

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Win a Professional Development Scholarship-Apply by Aug. 1

If you’re a 2nd or 3rd year secondary science teacher, you’re eligible to become a Fellow in the New Science Teacher Academy, one of NSTA’s premier programs providing professional development and mentoring. Two hundred teachers will be chosen to participate in the 2011 Academy and take advantage of cost-free, consistent online professional development activities along with face-to-face experiences.

The Academy provides each teacher with:
• A year-long, discipline-specific mentor
• Web-based content development courses and other resources
• Membership with full benefits in the NSTA
• 2012 National Conference on Science Education attendance including air travel, lodging, meals, and registration fees.

We know districts are struggling with budgetary constraints and new teachers, especially, are feeling the pain of temporary displacement. We’re working with teachers to provide flexibility in the application process while districts try to make difficult staffing choices. So we encourage you to apply to participate in the Academy even while you wait to hear about your fall classroom posting. The Academy has supported more than 600 teachers nationwide and this exciting opportunity is waiting for you.

To find out more about the Academy and how to apply for a scholarship, visit or contact the project director, Damaries Blondonville, at