National Alliance of Business, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005; Tel: 800-787-2848 (Toll Free); http://www.bcer.org
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Business can support high-quality teaching by providing professional development efforts that provide teachers with knowledge of the changing workplace. At the policy level, business can take the following steps: ensure that teachers have a major or are certified in the content area in which they are teaching; support high-quality alternative routes to certification; and provide incentives and assistance for teachers to achieve advanced certification. The following actions can be taken at the practice level: bring teachers into the workplace through internships; help teachers integrate the knowledge they gain about the workplace into classroom lessons that supplement and reinforce traditional textbook learning; provide fee support for individual teachers seeking National Board Certification; work with schools of education to improve pre-service teacher education; and share business expertise with educators in areas such as continuous improvement and use of technology. Business can also work with schools of higher education to design more effective preservice and inservice teacher education programs. At both the state and local levels, business-education partnerships are providing a variety of professional development experiences that are enhancing teachers' understanding of the workplace and helping them identify ways to integrate their experiences into their own curriculum development. (Appended is a discussion of what constitutes effective professional development.) (MN)
For related documents, see ED 414 365-366, ED 414 370, ED 415 297, and CE 077 306-307.
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National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.; Business Coalition for Education Reform.