From Bench Top to Blackboard: Resources for Making the Transition

US: Teacher Training Resources

The National Teacher Recruitment Clearinghouse lists links to state department of education Web sites (many of which list available teaching positions within the state), as well as teacher job-bank Web sites. The site also has other excellent info, such as an introduction to the teaching profession and a summary of licensure requirements. This one's a must-read.

Section 207 in Title II of the Higher Education Act, as amended, requires each state receiving funding under the act to report annually on the quality of teacher preparation in the state, including

  • Requirements for an initial teaching certificate or license through either an alternate or regular route

  • Pass rates on each assessment used by states in certifying or licensing teachers

  • Teachers in the classroom on waivers, that is, teaching without an initial regular certificate or license from any state

  • State efforts in the past year to improve the quality of teaching.

Much of this information will be useful if you're considering a move into teaching. Of particular interest are this list of state-level contacts for information on certification requirements and alternative certification programs, and this list of Web sites for state teacher-certification offices.

The National Center for Education Information (NCEI) is an organization that advocates the expansion of alternative certification programs and the reduction of what it sees as artificial barriers to entry into the teaching profession. You'll find a list of state-by-state contacts for alternative certification information at their Web site.

Don't know how much longer this link will work for free, but for now you can get a list of reciprocal teacher licensure agreements from the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC). Most of NASDTEC's content now requires a paid membership ($25 annually). We didn't pay it, so we don't know how useful it is. But for now the above link still works (although the graphics don't).

The Journal of Chemical Education has some great resources for chemistry educator types.

PhysTEC is a program to improve the science preparation of future K-12 teachers. It aims to help physics and education faculty work together to provide an education for future teachers that emphasizes a student-centered, hands-on, inquiry-based approach to learning science.

Physics Teaching Resource Agents . PTRA’s mission is to improve the teaching and learning of physics and physical science in precollegiate education for all teachers and students in the United States. PTRA workshops give practicing teachers an opportunity to improve themselves professionally. At these workshops, teachers grow in the knowledge and skill associated with teaching physics and physical science. The knowledge and skills include, but are not limited to, leadership, classroom organization, physics content, teaching techniques, trends in science education, and equity issues.

American Society for Microbiology. The Education Board offers programs and resources for students and faculty in the microbiological sciences. You’ll find some particularly good material aimed at K-12 teachers/students here and here.

ERIC , the clearinghouse on Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education. Cool stuff, including a listing of more science-teaching organizations than you ever imagined existed.

The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse’s mission, as described on its Web site, is to identify effective curriculum resources, create high-quality professional development materials, and disseminate useful information and products to improve K-12 mathematics and science teaching and learning.

Project 2061 is the long-term initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, working to reform K-12 science, mathematics, and technology education nationwide.

Engaging Students: Teaching Scholar Partnerships The American Association of Community Colleges, in partnership with the Council of Independent Colleges and the Independent Colleges Office, developed the Teaching Scholar Partnerships (TSP) project in 2001 with support from the National Science Foundation. TSP brings together 2- and 4-year institutions seeking solutions to the shortage of qualified science and math educators in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Through grant competitions, review teams for the three national organizations selected 10 community colleges and 18 4-year colleges and universities located in diverse settings in 17 states to participate in a pilot project. Their involvement as TSP Colleges comes with 2-year implementation grants of $30,000 each. TSP objectives are to enrich and strengthen the learning experience of K-12 students in mathematics and science by encouraging undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to consider K-12 math and science teaching as a career option.

UK: Teacher Training Resources

The Teacher Training Agency Have you got what it takes to become a teacher? What are the routes into teaching and the career prospects? These are the major questions any would-be teacher has to tackle, and the Teacher Training Agency is a very good place to start to look for the answers. You may know you want to teach science, but should you head for schools or universities? To get a good idea of the science being taught at school--and check it is the science you enjoy teaching--have a look on this site. If all you now have to do to step into your teaching career is to actually find a job, is just what you need: a database of teaching jobs in the UK, online teaching support, career guidance, and education news.

Teachernet offers a comprehensive overview of the British educational system and the Government’s policies as well as an extensive list of the teachers’ associations and unions.

Association for Science Education (ASE)
You may want to join ASE, a registered charity that supports the development of science education from primary through to tertiary levels. It offers advice, resources, journals and a conference listing as well as a forum on science education issues.

Canada: Teacher Training Resources

The Alberta Teachers’ Association Web site provides, among other things, information on the certification process and current collective bargaining agreements in that province.

The B.C. Teachers’ Federation represents 45,000 public school teachers in British Columbia and provides general information about teaching in that province as well as job search links.

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation The ‘voice’ of 220,000 professional teachers.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association serves approximately 6400 teachers in Newfoundland and Labrador, and is noteworthy because it runs a Teacher Induction Program, whereby beginning teachers are paired with a more experienced mentor teacher for a smooth transition to the profession.

The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation provides information about teacher education and internships in that province and hosts professional development seminars and workshops.

A FULL LIST of provincial teachers’ organisations can be found here.

Canadian Education on the Web brings together everything relating to Canada and education that has a presence on the World Wide Web.

The Ontario College of Teachers sets and regulates teaching qualifications and standards of conduct, registers members, and investigates and disciplines members charged with professional misconduct. OCT lists providers approved by the Professional Learning Committee to deliver Professional Learning courses for members of the college.

The Ontario Government’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities provides updates on the latest elementary and secondary teaching standards and education requirements in the province, a list of schools, etc.

The Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) is a professional association constituted as a nonshare capital corporation and governed by the Teaching Profession Act. Every "teacher," as defined in the Teaching Profession Act, is required to be a member of OTF. However, OTF is not a collective bargaining agent for its members and has no authority to negotiate with school boards on their behalf. That role is performed by the four affiliates of OTF: the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation; the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, l'Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens; and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association.

The British Columbia College of Teachers is the professional regulatory body for teachers in British Columbia. The college establishes standards for the education of teachers in public schools, issues teaching certificates, conducts certificate reviews, and has the power to suspend or cancel certificates.

Education Canada Network lists teaching positions available in various school districts across Canada and allows job seekers to post their resumes.

The University of Alberta Libraries provide a list of all K-12 schools (public, Catholic, and private) online in Canada.

Germany: Teacher Training Resources
The Institute for Science Education (IPN) at the University of Kiel engages in research about science education in Germany.

Europe: Teacher Training Resources
Eurydice is an information network on education in Europe that gathers information about education systems and policies in 30 European countries.

Singapore: Teacher Training Resources
The National Institute of Education is the sole teacher-training institute in Singapore.

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