[EDLING:1248] CFP: TEACHER-to-TEACHER INITIATIVE
Francis M. Hult
fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Thu Feb 16 01:06:38 UTC 2006
U.S. Department of Education
News for Teachers: Teacher-to-Teacher Training Corps
Call for Trainers in Foreign Language and Mandarin Chinese
Last fall, the U.S. Department of Education announced the formation of the
Teacher-to-Teacher Training Corps. The corps consists of effective teachers
and practitioners who provide on-site technical assistance and regional
workshops for teachers and school districts. This team is an expansion of the
popular Teacher-to-Teacher Workshops that have been offered in cities across
the nation for the past two summers.
The Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative is interested in expanding the number of
foreign language trainers in the corps, particularly in Mandarin Chinese. We
are looking for teachers and school leaders who use scientifically based
research strategies and who have data to demonstrate effectiveness. Topics
could include areas of high interest to all foreign language educators
including classroom technology, student oral and written proficiency, language
instruction across the curriculum and standards-based instruction, as well as
topics that specifically address teaching elementary and secondary students of
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 teacher and
administrators of ways to improve student 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 are eligible to participate
in workshops for teachers during 2006. They are also eligible to make
presentations at the Departments summer workshops in 2006 and special
workshops focusing on foreign language and Mandarin Chinese.
The members of the corps 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, you must submit a complete proposal, which should
include your PowerPoint presentation and handouts. In order to be considered
for the Teacher-to-Teacher Training Corps, your proposal must be received by
March 17, 2006. Please visit our Web site at
http://www.ed.gov/teacherinitiative for additional information about
submitting your presentation.
If you 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. You will have the flexibility to
determine the level of your participation in workshops during 2006. Two
workshops focusing on Mandarin Chinese are being planned for July.
We are looking for presenters who weave content and pedagogy together.
Each presentation should include relevant research.
Each presentation should include evidence that your 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, you may be asked to
adapt it to fit the needs of a district.
If you work directly with students, you must be highly qualified according to
your states definition in order to participate.Please include proof of this
with your application, as well as information about which foreign languages
All presenters will be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education.
More information on the Departments Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative is posted
on the Web at
may also wish to view workshop sessions from our e-Learning at
http://www.paec.org/teacher2teacher/. Forward any questions to
teacherquality at westat.com or call (888) 831-1338.
Please indicate the topic, language, and grade level(s) for your presentation.
More information about the U.S. Department of Educations Teacher-to-Teacher
Initiative is available at our Web site:
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