Volume: 02, Issue: 10 05/19/2004 
Professional development opportunities.
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Explore Professional Development Opportunities

This summer, enhance your knowledge by taking advantage of professional development offerings in science, mathematics, and technology. Hereís your chance to learn more about some upcoming prospects.

U. S. Department of Educationís Free Teacher-to-Teacher Summer Workshops
The Department of Education is offering seven workshops in which teachers will hear their colleagues present information about research-based practices and effective methods of using data to inform instruction that have been successfully applied in the classroom. Subjects addressed will include mathematics, reading, and science as they apply to diverse groups of students. The workshops are designed by teachers for teachers and will be offered at the following dates and locations: June 21-22, Denver, Colorado; June 28-30, Portland, Oregon; July 6-8, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; July 12-14, Orlando, Florida; July 21-23, Anaheim, California; July 28-30, St. Louis, Missouri; and August 2-4, Boston, Massachusetts. The Department is covering hotel costs for two nights and will provide a travel stipend. Space is limited; for more information, go to http://www.teacherquality.us/TeacherToTeacher/Workshops.asp .

25th Annual National Educational Computing Conference
Travel to New Orleans, Louisiana, from June 20-23 to attend the 25th annual NECC. This program reflects on the best practices and research to harness the power of technology to improve students' learning. Solutions are proposed for a variety of learning environments, including classrooms, media centers, schools, districts, community colleges, educational agencies, and university programs. The NECC 2004 educational program features keynote speakers, workshops, breakout sessions, showcases, a student gallery, and much more! For more information, visit http://center.uoregon.edu/ISTE/NECC2004/ .

T.H.E. Institute's Online Professional Development Courses for Teachers
These courses will show how secondary teachers can use technology in the classroom. Each course will focus on a core content area, including language arts, science, math, and social studies. Courses will become available each month. Teachers can choose to take the courses for graduate or CEU credit. To address a variety of online learning styles, T.H.E. Institute also will offer two kinds of moderation for the courses: one-to-one or many-to-many, or educators can take the courses without the guidance of an expert. T.H.E. Institute hopes that its new offerings will help school districts comply with the Technology section of the No Child Left Behind Act. These courses will help teachers integrate technology throughout the curriculum, and because they focus on grades 7-12, they will help teachers ensure their students are technologically literate. Special pricing is being provided from Glencoe/McGraw-Hill for educators in districts that have purchased Glencoe/McGraw-Hill's TechCONNECT! To register for the courses, go to http://www.thejournal.com/institute/ .

American Museum of Natural History's Seminars on Science
In partnership with the NSTA Institute, The American Museum of Natural History will offer Seminars on Science, its award-winning online professional development program. Six-week courses for K-12 educators will be offered this summer. Participation requires Internet access and can occur at any time and at any location. Each course provides participants with unique access to the Museumís scientific research, collections, exhibitions, and laboratories. Facilitated by an instructional team composed of a scientist and an educator, each course highlights the Museumís rich resources through original essays, videos from the field, interactive simulations, and facilitated discussion. Participants receive valuable learning resources that can be used in the classroom. These courses align with the National Science Education Standards. The courses can be taken for up to four graduate credits or 4.5 continuing education units. To learn more, visit http://learn.amnh.org/index.php .

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