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PBS TeacherLine launches National Professional Development Program

Gearing up to meet the explosive demand for teacher training courses, PBS TeacherLine has launched a national professional development program, offering 80 courses. The courses aim to enhance teacher quality and address competency requirements under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Teacher quality provisions in NCLB -- along with increased federal funding to states for teacher professional development -- have created a large upswing in the number of teachers enrolling in professional development courses. At the same time, standards for professional development have become more rigorous, creating an acute need to provide high-quality courses to American teachers. Under NCLB, educators who teach core academic subjects -- including reading, language arts, mathematics, and science -- must meet the definition of "highly qualified" by the 2005-2006 school year. The highly qualified provision requires teachers to possess a bachelor's degree, be certified in the subjects and/or grades they teach, be licensed to teach in the state, demonstrate subject knowledge and teaching skills, and not teach with a provisional, emergency, or temporary license.

Funded by a Ready to Teach grant from the U.S. Department of Education, PBS TeacherLine offers research- and standards-based online professional development programs for educators. Courses cover instructional technology, mathematics, reading, science, curriculum mapping, and instructional strategies. In addition, PBS TeacherLine offers ISTE/Capstone courses that help teachers earn certification in technology integration. PBS TeacherLine courses are developed by instructional and content experts such as Triangle Coalition members, Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) and the Concord Consortium. Courses are aligned to content standards from such leading organizations as Triangle Coalition member the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). For more information, to view a full course catalog, or to register for courses, visit Teachers who are unfamiliar with the online learning format can participate in a free, two-hour preparatory course, Practice Learning Online with TeacherLine, available at