Friday, January 11, 2008

Nominate a creative colleague to become an American Star of Teaching

The U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative is accepting nominations for 2008 American Stars of Teaching until March 31. Parents, students, colleagues, school administrators and others can nominate an exemplary teacher who they believe has the qualities to be an American Star of Teaching.

The DOE is seeking nominations of teachers across the United States who are improving student achievement, using innovative strategies in the classroom and making a difference in the lives of their students. Teachers across all grade levels and disciplines will be honored as 2008 American Stars of Teaching this fall.
Download an application and nominate one of your colleagues!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

New ICT Competency Standards for Teachers

January 8, 2008 - The ICT Competency Standards for Teachers were developed under UNESCO leadership in cooperation with ISTE, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), and corporate partners Cisco, Intel, and Microsoft. Competency standards for teachers are designed to help educational policy-makers and curriculum developers identify the skills teachers need to harness technology in the service of education.

UNESCO and its collaborators introduced the ICT Competency Standards for Teachers along with a set of three support booklets including:
1) A Policy Framework explaining the rationale, structure and approach of the ICT-CST project;
2) A Competency Standards Modules’ Structure which crosses the components of educational reform with various policy approaches to generate a matrix of skill sets for teachers;
3) Implementation Guidelines providing a detailed syllabus of the specific skills to be acquired by teachers within each skill set/module.

Monday, January 07, 2008

CECA Tech Expo

Apply Today to Exhibit Your Student Technology Projects

CECA’s 13th Annual Technology Exposition at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford is scheduled for Wednesday, April 2, 2008. It will showcase the standards-based technology projects that students have created. Thirty schools will be chosen for the annual Exhibition.

We are looking for quality projects on a variety of subjects that integrate technology with the curriculum. Elementary, middle and high school teachers in the state are encouraged to apply.

Online application is available at from January 1,
2008 to February 15, 2008. With all of the impressive technology integration taking place in the schools, we are looking forward to your application.* Be sure to check out previous Tech Expo photos at the CECA website.

Help us celebrate technology integration in Connecticut schools and share the excitement with Connecticut’s Legislators.

If you have any questions please email them to:

*Considerations for preparing an application:
- Up to 2 teachers and 4 students may represent the school.
- You will need to provide your own computer equipment.
- There are NO Internet connections available.
- Tables, easels, chairs and electrical hookups will be provided.
- There are three demonstration periods: 9:00 - 10:15 AM, 10:30 -
11:45 AM, 12:00 - 1:15 PM.