Professional Development Programs
and Courses for Educators
Do you need a refresher on math concepts?
Publishing has free HTML versions of two books:Introduction
to Mathematics and Algebra provides a review of basic arithmetic and
elementary algebra; includes fractions, decimals, percentages, exponents,
radicals, logarithms; exercises in factoring
polynomials, linear equations, ratio, proportion, variation, complex
numbers and quadratic equations; presents brief
introduction to plane figures, geometric construction, and trigonometry.
and Intro to Probability contains information on the following
subjects: straight lines, conic sections, tangents, normals, slopes;
introduction to differential and integral
calculus; combinations and permutations; and introduction to probability.
What about a little knowledge of the history of
MacTutor History of
Mathematics archive of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland
contains an extensive collection of biographies, history topics (e.g.,
mathematics in various cultures and mathematics subject area topics),
chronologies, mathematicians of the day, famous curves, quotations from many
of the mathematicians in the archive, and more.
From David Hilbert (1862-1943),
a contributor to many branches of mathematics:
"Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries; for mathematics,
the cultural world is one country."
Quoted in H Eves Mathematical Circles Squared (Boston 1971).
AIMS Education Foundation
provides customized math and science workshops for teachers. AIMS, in
cooperation with the Center
for Professional Development of Fresno Pacific University, also provides
courses via distance learning for college credit.
Annenberg Media Learner.org. The
Annenberg Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have linked to
advance excellence in teaching in American schools through their video programs
with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional development of
K-12 teachers. The programs are designed to help you increase expertise in
your curricular field and to improve your teaching methods, and are also
intended for viewers at home and students in the classroom.
View free educational videos on this channel or online (broadband access
recommended) and arrange for graduate credit. There are numerous videos dealing with
mathematics, for example.
Math is included, which is a series of five multimedia,
college-level courses designed to teach mathematics content to elementary and
middle school teachers. Organized around the content standards developed by the
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the courses cover Number and
Operations; Patterns, Functions, and Algebra; Geometry; Measurement; and Data
Analysis, Statistics, and Probability. Mathematics
Illuminated, produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting in 2008, is a 13-part
multimedia learning resource for adult learners and high school teachers in math
and other disciplines. The free on-demand videos (half-hour each) deal
with such concepts as primes, combinatorics, infinity, chaos theory, other
dimensions, topography, symmetry, randomness, geometries beyond Euclid, game
theory, and more.
Apex Learning online courses
generally take less than 15 hours to complete.
Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development offerings:
For those who prefer earning continuing education units or university
credit, ASCD provides online courses on issues pertaining to curriculum,
instruction, assessment, classroom management, and leadership for a small
fee. See http://pdonline.ascd.org/
CEU certificates can be used for credit in most states. Check with
colleges and universities that offer credit for ASCD online courses prior to
taking a course. One such course is Our Multiple Intelligences:
Translating Theory into Practice:
Classroom Connect's Connected University
is an online professional development community that provides educators with
courses, learning resources, just-in-time support, and a convenient way to
interact with peers nationwide to integrate technology and improve student
learning in classrooms. Learners can choose from software tutorials,
how-to-tips, and dozens of guide-led and self-paced courses. Many courses are
available for graduate credit and Continuing Education Units (CEUs). There
are several technology integration courses including computer basics, email, web
site design, Power Point in the classroom, basics of HTML, Web quests, and more.
Math courses include:
Best Calculations: Success with 3-5 Math Standards
Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability
Geometric Reasoning and Spatial Sense
It adds up!: Success with K-2 Math Standards
Math in the Middle: Success with 6-8 Math Standards
Mathematics for Information-Age Decision Making'
Number Sense: Teaching About Fractions, Decimals, Ratios, &
Patterns, Mathematical Modeling, & Number Theory
to Classroom, a collaboration between Thirteen Ed Online and Disney Learning
Partnership, offers a number of free award-winning workshops on topics in
education: multiple intelligences, constructivism, teaching to standards, the
basics of the Internet as a tool for the classroom, cooperative and
collaborative learning, inquiry-based learning; assessment, evaluation, and
curriculum redesign, WebQuests, and more. Workshops feature explanation,
demonstration, exploration, implementation, and a possibility to get credit.
Inc. has free professional development (see Topics in Education) mini courses on classroom management, differentiated
instruction, motivating students to learn, and test preparation strategies.
Dakota Wesleyan University
Internet Resources in Education contains links to list-servs/discussion
lists/newsgroups, professional organizations online, education related legal
information, lesson plans, curriculum collections, math, and more.
is a product of the George Lucas Education Foundation, which documents and
disseminates models of the most innovative practices in K-12 schools.
Detailed articles, research summaries, and links to hundreds of relevant Web
sites, books, organizations, and publications are available to help schools and
communities build on successes in education. A video gallery of short
documentaries and expert interviews is available. Thirteen topics are
arranged in three categories:
Innovative Classrooms (assessment, project-based learning,
school-to-career, technology integration, and emotional intelligence)
Skillful Educators (ongoing professional development, teacher preparation,
technology professional development, and mentoring)
Involved Communities (digital divide, business partnerships, community
partnerships, and parental involvement)
IMAGES (Improving Measurement and
Geometry in Elementary Schools) is a K-5 professional development initiative
of the Pennsylvania State Team of the Mid-Atlantic Eisenhower Consortium for
Mathematics and Science Education at Research for Better Schools. This web
site contains information and resources to help teachers develop a deeper
understanding of geometry and measurement concepts and to assist in designing
meaningful instruction for elementary students. Instructional activities
and lesson plans are included that address five strands: visual and spatial
reasoning, two and three dimensional geometry, coordinate geometry,
transformational geometry, and measurement. However, math teachers
throughout K-12 will benefit from the content, which includes cognitive and
development issues, teaching strategies, assessment strategies, geometric and
mathematical terms, a list of manipulatives to teach geometry and measurement
concepts, and software and video suggestions.
Intel® Teach to
the Future is a worldwide effort to help both experienced teachers and
pre-service teachers integrate technology into instruction and enhance student
learning. Intel's site is rich in professional development materials.
technology enhanced mathematics investigations. This site is oriented to
professional development for teaching of middle school mathematics, but the
topics addressed in algebra, geometry, number concepts, and data analysis are
also introduced in elementary school level and would also be appropriate for
high school. Materials can be accessed online. The dictionary of math
terms and concepts is worthy of note, as is the "Constructionary," which is
designed to help users create constructions using Geometer's Sketchpad.
Online Practice Modules consist of 13 online tutorials, all of
which can be used with students in a classroom or with teachers in professional
development programs. Software tutorials address Microsoft Word, Works, Excel, Inspiration, HyperStudio, DreamWeaver,
Claris HomePage, and PowerPoint. Learn about the Macintosh or Windows/PC
operating systems, Internet Explorer, Netscape, and about WebQuests.
Tutorials include step-by-step instructions,
assignments, quizzes. This site
also contains numerous links to other technology tutorials on the Web.
Math Central is an
Internet service for K-12 teachers and students. It contains a Resource Room
where mathematics educators can share resources, teaching ideas, lesson plans,
et cetera; a discussion forum called Teacher Talk; a bulletin board with
newsletters and periodicals, a list of mathematics teachers' organizations,
conference notices and more.
Instructional Development Source) is an interactive website for teachers who are
teaching students who have difficulty learning mathematics. The site,
developed with funding provided by the Virginia Department of Education,
features foundational information, instructional strategies, and teaching plans:
Foundational information includes a description of what math disabilities
are, characteristics of students who have these types of learning problems,
and the impact of these problems on teaching. Examples of
research-based or field-tested math metacognitive strategies are included to
help students overcome learning problems.
Highlighted at this site are the descriptions and models of fourteen,
research-based effective math instructional strategies for students with
learning difficulties. About 11 hours of instructional video shows
real teachers in real settings demonstrating these strategies in K-5
classrooms. These demonstrations generalize to middle and high school
Representative teaching plans show the use of these instructional
strategies linked to several of Virginia Standards of Learning. As
math standards are similar in all states, teachers everywhere will find
these of value. Each math concept addressed includes up to three different
teaching plans. A plan may address two or three levels of
understanding: concrete, representational, and abstract.
"Math, YES!" is a web-based professional development
program for K-6 or 6-8 educators, which can be taken for university credit and at
user's pace. The program includes actual classroom videos. Ten
content units with activities are standards based and address:
Patterns and Function
Integers and Order of Operations
Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages
Ratio and Proportional Reasoning
Geometry and Measurement of Plane Figures
Geometry and Measurement of Solid Figures
Probability, Data Analysis, and Statistics
is a provider of professional development courses, offering programs for basic
skills, continuing education, and graduate credit. Choose from 20 Teacher
provides an easy to search directory of regionally accredited colleges and
universities in the United States that offer certificate programs,
undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and doctoral programs in the field of
education in a distance-education format. Bonus features include
subject matter resources, monthly eNewsletters about distance education and
electronic portfolios, and research and reports on education technology and
Teacherline, funded by a grant from the department of education, provides
teachers with online professional development in mathematics and technology
integration. Features include the Virtual Mathematics Academy, facilitated
mini-course modules, and a community center for collaboration with teaching
professionals across the country.
is a free service of Canter & Associates, a Sylvan Learning Systems Inc.
division, that offers teachers information about their state's continuing
education requirements. The site provides access to necessary state forms,
a step-by-step guide to teaching certificate renewal, access to professional
development courses, as well as contact information for those who seek
is NCTM's video-based, professional development Web site. It "is
designed to help teachers — individually and collectively — examine their
teaching of mathematics. The site’s components are designed to assist teachers
in reflecting on the mathematics they teach, and as a tool to systematically
observe, analyze, critique, and improve classroom practices. Reflections focuses
on algebra in grades 3-8."
Seeing Math (Elementary
and Secondary) from the Concord Consortium. Education professionals are
encouraged to explore the courses free of charge, which were researched and
developed from a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Quoting from
Seeing Math™ Elementary,
eleven courses that incorporate video case studies, interactive software and
face-to-face and online moderated discussion to give elementary school
teachers effective teaching strategies in Geometry, Number & Operations,
Data Analysis & Probability, and Pre-algebra. Seeing Math™ Elementary is
distributed by Teachscape.
Seeing Math™ Secondary, eleven
facilitated courses that blend video, interactive tools and online
facilitated discussion to help secondary school teachers make challenging
algebra topics accessible to students. Seeing Math™ Secondary is distributed
by PBS TeacherLine. (Section: About Us)
Educational Development Laboratory Library of Free Resources has a collection of
resources for improving teaching and learning in mathematics and science among
its product categories.
offers professional development in research-based, classroom-tested approaches
to effective teaching in literacy, mathematics, and science; topics in classroom
management and working with English language learners; and integrated approaches
to curricula. Their video-taped teaching cases in mathematics, developed in
collaboration with the Concord Consortium, illustrate the NCTM Principles and
Standards for School Mathematics.
Teacher Education Institute
contains a number of online professional development courses in technology
integration and human factors (e.g., action research, classroom management,
inclusion, whole brain learning). Classroom based and online graduate
courses on those topics are also available. Credit is awarded by
fully-accredited colleges and universities. Technology integration
courses, for example, delve into teachers discovering and integrating computers,
multimedia, Web quests, and Microsoft Office into their instruction.
Expectations and Student Achievement (TESA) is based on current research and
is available nationally. TESA fulfills the requirement of providing
professional development activities for instructional aides, teachers, and
school administrators under The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. TESA is a behavioral change staff
development program for all educators, grade levels, and subject areas.
Staff learn about 15
interactions that emphasize equitable and positive classroom interactions,
then practice those strategies, and receive feedback from peer review.
Even the most experienced educator will benefit from TESA. Results of
classroom research shows that use of TESA interactions improves student academic
performance, gender and diversity awareness, attendance, classroom climate and
reduces student discipline problems. The Los Angeles County Office of
Education has a copy of the regional workshop schedule for the year.
hosted by The Math Forum at Drexel, is a resource for teachers and parents who
have questions about teaching mathematics.
Workshops are brought to you by the U.S. Department of
Education. Experience on-demand professional development from a series of
free video courses featuring some of the nation's most effective teachers and
education experts sharing with their colleagues research-based practices and
proven methods of using data to inform instruction. Content, which is
primarily for K-8 teachers and their principles, should increase knowledge and
skills for improving student achievement in math and science. Other
content areas are available.
Power Point presentations
and handouts from summer workshops of the U.S. Department of
Education's Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative are available and can be freely used.
Among subjects and topics are reading, math, history, art, foreign language,
differentiating instruction, and teaching students with limited English
Teacher Universe, a member of
Riverdeep Interactive Learning, provides professional development courses
designed to help teachers raise achievement through integrating technology into
the curriculum and classroom experience. Links to funding sources and
individual state standards are included.
TechLearning.com, produced by
Technology & Learning Magazine and SchoolTech Expo & Conference, is an
extensive resource for education technology leaders. They feature a weekly
section called TechLearning News with archived news. Don't miss the
resource section of professional organizations and professional development
INSTITUTE is Technology Horizons in Education's provider of consulting
services and products to the educational community with a focus on technology
and professional development. Courses are designed for continuing
education unit credit and some are available for graduate credit.
supported in part by the National Science Foundation, IBM, and Intel, was developed
by Arizona State University and Technology Based Learning and Research to address the focus and approach to mathematics education. The program uses hypertext, audio, animation, and full-motion video to help teachers recognize, understand, and explain the Professional Standards for Teaching Mathematics prescribed by the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics.
Interactive learning and observational practice are key elements. Instruction is divided into four learning modules: Professional Development, Teachable Moments, Application, and Assessment.
Each module, metaphorically, is a classroom and presents the NCTM Teaching Standards in various classroom situations.
The description of this professional development series is listed within the
Teacher Education Materials Project (TE-MAT), a database for K-12 math and
science professional development providers:
WebMath, a mathematics learning
community for middle school teachers, offers two online courses--Brush up on
Linear Functions and Brush up on Proportions--that help teachers brush up on and
learn two central concepts underlying the NCTM Standards for middle school and
many state math standards. This WestEd project, funded by AT&T
Foundation, is associated with the Middle School Math through Applications
Program, a designated U.S. Department of Education "promising"
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K-12 Teacher Quality
does it mean to be highly qualified to teach?
In May 2004, the U.S. Department of Education
(2004) released a revised
Child Left Behind: A Toolkit for Teachers, which
clarifies what it
means to be "highly qualified." NCLB requires teachers
of core academic subjects (p. 20) to have a bachelor's degree, to be fully
certified by their state (p. 19), and to demonstrate that they have
knowledge of the subject they are teaching (pp. 10-12). The intent
of this latter part is to eliminate out-of-field teaching. The document also
contains Internet resources for teachers. Math educators might
be interested in the section on how to improve math and science
you a "highly qualified" teacher? Take the National
Education Association's short online quiz to find out.
Where can you learn more and get the help you need?
U.S. Department of Education Assistance:
Read the U.S. Department of Education
document, Improving Teacher Quality State Grants
which is the revised
non-regulatory guidance to help state and local educational agencies
meet NCLB's teacher quality goals. "This
Non-Regulatory Guidance explains how State educational agencies,
local educational agencies, and State agencies for higher education
can effectively use Title II, Part A funds to ensure that all
teachers are highly qualified and effective, a critical component of
the No Child Left Behind Act and the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act" (section: Purpose of this
Guidance, para. 1). The document also includes clearer
answers to the definition of a highly-qualified teacher, what is meant my
core-academic subjects, and what is meant by highly-qualified professional
The U.S. Department of Education also launched a new Teacher
to Teacher Initiative (April 21, 2004) to engage some of the nation's
best educators to share their techniques to help raise student
achievement. Educators can also sign up to receive e-mail with links
to the latest strategies and research on educational practices that work
in the classroom. The initiative's Web site, http://www.teacherquality.us
also contains information about effective practices and initiatives at the
state and local levels and upcoming teacher-oriented events.
special report Spotlight on Teacher Quality include several
resources. Part 1 (March 2, 2004) examines teacher quality noted in
the U.S. No Child Left Behind Act and recruitment and retention of quality
teachers. Part II (March 4, 2004) looks at professional development
strategies and perspectives on the teacher quality issue. Additional
resources include books, articles, and the link to Research-Based
Characteristics of High-Quality Teacher Preparation.
Learn more about
teaching quality at http://www.teachingquality.org/
Would you like an advanced degree or a teaching
Education World maintains a directory of universities
offering online degrees in education/teaching:
information about earning a teaching credential via online learning and
also links to universities with online undergraduate and graduate
teaching schools and programs.
Check your state's teacher licensure and
If you pursue an online degree in education/teaching, be
sure to check with your state department of education for its
certification and licensure requirements. The National Education
Association has links to teacher licensure and certification
requirements for each state:
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107th Congress of the United States (2002). Public Law 107-110:
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Available:
http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/107-110.pdf [NOTE: Document has
670 pages with the first numbered as 115 STAT. 1425.]
ASCD (2003, July 22). What professional development structures best affect
classroom instruction? ASCD Research Brief, 1(15). Available in
Carpenter, T. P., Blanton, M. L., Cobb, P., Franke, M. L., Kaput, J., &
McClain, K. (2004). Scaling up innovative practices in mathematics and
science: Research report. Madison, WI: National Center for Improving Student
Learning and Achievement in Mathematics and Science. Available: http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/NCISLA/publications/reports/NCISLAReport1.pdf
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National Mathematics Advisory Panel (2008).
Foundations for success: The final report of the National Mathematics
Advisory Panel. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education.
National Staff Development Council (2001). E-learning for
educators: Implementing the standards for staff development. Oxford,
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