American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
This organization is a national, voluntary association of colleges and universities
with programs preparing professional educators. The site includes documents
on professional accountability, teacher standards, and teacher education
American Federation of Teachers
The AFT is an AFL-CIO union which includes teachers and non-teaching
school employees as part of its membership. The AFT works on a broad
range of issues in education, labor, and social legislation. Their weekly
online newsletter, Inside AFT, often comments on teacher employment,
labor issues, and school reform.
Association of Teacher Educators
The ATE is a national membership organization "devoted solely
to the improvement of teacher education for both school and campus-based
teacher educators." Of special interest on this site are ATE's
Standards for Teacher Educators.
The Council of Chief State School Officers
The council is a nonprofit organization representing chief education
officers and works on behalf of the state agencies having primary authority
for education in each state. The site includes documents on professional
licensing standards under "Standards and Assessments." The
council's State Education Assessment Center, under "Centers and
Projects," manages projects in professional licensure, assessment,
and development, including the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and
Support Consortium and the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium.
Education Week on the Web
Education Week is "American Education's Online Newspaper of Record."
Check this searchable site (with archives back to 1981) for articles
and other information on teaching and reform. Useful terms to search
under are teacher licensing, teacher certification, teaching standards,
teaching as a profession, and accreditation of teacher education programs.
News about many teacher education-related organizations also appears
ERIC Digest: Alternative Teacher Compensation
From the Digest introduction: "Teacher compensation is gaining renewed attention in state legislatures and school district offices as policymakers seek to attract and retain qualified individuals to teaching and also explore creative ways to promote higher educational and professional standards.
This Digest examines various alternative methods of teacher compensation currently proposed or in practice in school districts around the country."
ERIC Digest: Incentives for Accountability
Examines the issues of tying teachers' pay to their performance. From the Digest introduction: "This Digest examines the role of rewards and sanctions in school reform and identifies key issues in implementing incentive systems."
The University of Kentucky at Lexington has compiled this set of links
to the teacher certification requirements of many states in the U.S.
(contrary to the title, the page does not have information on all of
the states). Each link connects the user to information provided by
the respective state. This site also includes links to position announcements
for various states.
Schools: Newsletter on Issues
in School Reform
This site is one in a series on newsletters funded and distributed
by the U.S. Department of Education. The newsletter is intended to help
state, district and school leaders in their efforts towards reforming
education. Here these leaders can share information with each other,
as well as learn how U.S. Department of Education programs and initiatives
can help. In this issue, links lead to pages with information on the
following topics related to professional development: ways in which
professional development is being conducted to support improved teaching
and learning; principles of high-quality professional development; opportunities
for professional development under federal legislation; and state and
local efforts to reform preservice preparation programs and teacher
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
The NBPTS is a private, nonprofit organization "working to improve
American education through voluntary advanced certification of elementary
and secondary school teachers." This searchable site includes summaries
of the group's professional teaching standards and detailed information
about national board certification. The NBPTS is establishing high standards
of knowledge and skill for accomplished teachers. These efforts include
the development of a system of advanced, voluntary national certification,
called National Board Certification. The site contains information on
the NBPTS itself, the process of achieving National Board Certification,
and the standards applied in the certification process.
National Commission on Teaching and America's Future
"The National Commission on Teaching and America's Future is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing every child with competent, caring, qualified teachers in schools organized for success" (from NCTAF website). It addresses central issues in teaching in relation to current school reforms. Key publications on the site include the 1996 report What Matters Most: Teaching for America's Future, "which placed the issue of teaching quality squarely at the center of the nation's education agenda," and the 2003 report No Dream Denied, in which the "NCTAF finds that high teacher turnover and attrition have become a national crisis that is undermining teaching quality in too many of our schools."
National Education Association
The NEA represents more than 2 million educators. This searchable site
includes a good deal of information on teaching as a profession. Check
under Issues and Actions for
new developments in teaching and school reform.
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) was "established with the mission of ensuring a highly skilled, strongly motivated and competitively compensated teacher for every classroom in America". The site includes information on the NIET Teacher Advancement Program, a Best Practices Center, which offers technical advice to a broad base of teacher quality initiatives, and links to recent NIET publications.
Performance Pay Resources
From the Oregon School Boards Association, a collection of useful resources covering the issue of performance pay. Site includes a helpful primer presenting an overview of performance pay.
Teacher Education Accreditation Council
This site answers questions about the Teacher Education Accreditation
Council, established in partnership with the Council of Independent
Colleges (CIC). Governed by a Board of Directors, the new, national
organization accredits professional education programs at the undergraduate
and graduate levels. The purpose of the TEAC is to "recognize and
promote high-quality professional education programs in colleges and
universities." While the site's contents are limited, they are
also concise and informative.
The U.S. Department of Education has collected a useful set of documents
on this site in reponse to the call for a "talented and dedicated
teacher in every classroom."
Teacher Rules, Rights and Roles
Created by the National Council on Teacher Quality, Teacher Rules, Rights and Roles is a database containing information on "collective bargaining agreements, board policies, and teacher handbooks from the nation's 50 largest school districts." The database can be searched or used to create customized reports.