NCTM-Lers: I'm in the early stages of working with some other Canadian math educators on the development of a framework for continuing education for math teachers (very much in keeping with many of the ideas around the standards documents I think). What we envisage is an architecture which individuals or organizations could endorse, commit to ... - however one might phrase it - , that would emphasize long-term teacher development - ideally we'd see categories like candidate, associate, mentor, master, fellow, roughly tied to participation/leadership at the classroom - school - district - region - province - nation level. We have very little history here of systematic professional development with any sort of link to salary or postions of responsibility [as with the 'x' units of credit for attendance at a professional meeting that we sometimes see in the US context.] As you can tell from this rather inchoate description we are in the very early stages of our work on this. What we would appreciate - directly to me unless you think that the list as a whole would benefit from your comments - are pointers to documents, internet sites, organizations, or individuals who might have been down this road before. I'm happy to summarize for the list as a whole should the response merit that. Thanks, Bill
P.S. I was very pleased recently to find the Curriculum Standards on the Web - http://www.enc.org/cd/NCTM/280dtoc1.html if you haven't seen it - a very attractive version too - but why did it take so long? As a (preservice) teacher educator I can't in good conscience recommend that my students fork over a rather hefty amount of money - especially in devalued $ - for one, two or three Standards documents - at least at this stage in their careers when their interest in 'the other division(s)' is fairly slim - even though I think that the documents are important and well done - so the Web version is welcome alternative. Does anyone know what plans there are for more NCTM visibility on the Web? The Science folk are way ahead of this in this regard - http://nsta.org/ - is NSTA's quite fine hut in cyberspace.
Dr. William Higginson, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education A235 McArthur Hall, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6 613-545-6000 *7403 (voice mail), 613-545-6584 (fax), 613-545-6221 (secretary)
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