Teaching Point is a provider of teacher training solutions through a patented and registered program that offers 3 distinct levels of professional development support:
1) Subject-specific instructional support materials (details posted below)
Teachers with new assignments have different needs. Some may be technically qualified to teach a subject, yet as they have never taught it before, will benefit from instructional support materials and/or access to a subject-specific mentor. Others new to a subject assignment (or those unavoidably assigned out-of-field) will benefit by taking the university hosted online course for continuing education credit as a practical way of working toward recertification credits (the online courses include the materials and mentoring).
Declaration of Purpose: Teaching Point is dedicated to 1) developing a knowledge base for teaching in all subjects and grade levels in all major languages for the benefit of both teachers and students globally and 2) by doing so, addressing the problem of the unequal distribution of effective teachers through a method unique and innovative enough to be patented and trademarked: U.S. Patent 8116674 (see description beginning page 18 of Patent PDF file).
The problem: Thousands of schools in the United States have been given failing grades by their state Departments of Education. In the meantime, the existing shortage of qualified teachers is so obstinate that some school districts are waiving the established teaching certification requirements. District administrators, principals and teachers are under amplified pressure to improve student achievement scores on standardized tests in the face of the unequal distribution of experienced teachers in every subject.
According to the US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, more than 450,000 middle and high school teachers in the United States are either new to the career, have a general education degree (rather than a subject-specific academic major or minor) or are unavoidably assigned to teach a subject out-of-field (a subject in which the instructor has neither a college major or minor).
Read the White Paper: Path-to-Highly-Effective Teachers-White Paper.pdf for details of this program.
The following table (source: National Center for Educational Statistics, Div. of U.S. Dept. of Education) shows the percentage of public school students taught by grade level by certified teachers with NO college major in that subject area:
The solution: There is a need for subject-specific instructional support so teachers can meet the challenges of new teaching assignments. TEACHINGpoint was established to develop comprehensive teacher preparation and instructional support materials written by expert teachers who understand the needs of novice teachers, teachers with new assignments and teachers facing out-of-field assignments — The Expert Systems for Teachers™ Series of TEACHINGpoint instructional support materials is grounded in research-based best practices (a better prepared teacher leads to improved student achievement) and presently serves schools in all 50 U.S. states and over 85 countries.
TEACHINGpoint course materials are practical and accessible, with features designed to support out-of-field, new and overworked teachers including:
Detailed pacing guide in an easy-to-use format to ensure coverage of standards and reduce classroom prep.
Daily lesson plans with point-of-use teaching strategies and classroom management tips.
Daily content summaries for teachers needing background knowledge
Class notes, in editable PowerPoint form or PDF files that support each lecture portion of your teaching
Complete, editable, assessments including quizzes, performance assessments and end-of-course exams.
Teaching a new subject or, more problematic, teaching unavoidably out-of-field, may have a negative impact on student performance when inadequate pacing means required content is not covered. Teachers with new subject assignments or too many preps struggle preparing lesson plans & activities, adding to an already stressful workload.
Expert teachers, authors of this series of instructional support materials, have written everything you need to teach your subject assignments effectively. The materials work with any text (where necessary) that you choose. We are dedicated to helping educators get their students to the "teaching point" where learning begins and serve thousands of schools in all 50 U.S. states and 87 countries. How can we serve you?
President Barack Obama: said the pool of teachers is deep enough but many aren't getting the training, professional development and support they need. "Of particular concern is the fact that typically the least experienced teachers…often end up in the poorest schools," Under the initiative, states will be required to analyze data and submit plans to ensure students are taught by "effective educators." (WSJ, July 8, 2014).
Bill Gates: “Better teachers are more likely to result in higher achievement” remarked while speaking at the National Conference of State Legislatures. (Philadelphia, July 22, 2009)
Michelle Rhee (Director, Students First): "Research shows that teacher quality is the single most important in-school factor affecting student performance. We need comprehensive classroom support and professional development to help teachers improve their craft." (WSJ, July 7, 2014)
Teaching Point agrees with each of these comments and the answer is that it is much less costly to help better prepare an in-service teacher for new subject assignments with this series of instructional support materials (and companion courses through participating universities if necessary) than replace a teacher. Let us help you save substantially on recruitment, development and retention of teachers while improving student achievement, graduation rates, college and workforce readiness.
*Unit at a time: Although our main purpose is to prepare teachers for new assignments with complete course materials, we realize that sometimes an experienced teacher just needs a unit or two or three. So, to answer that need, contact us with the course name and unit(s) you want and we'll reply with purchasing details for download versions.
Online courses: Partnering universities host an initial series of 100 Teaching Point online distance learning continuing education courses. Ultimately, universities in multiple U.S. states and other countries will host this series to certify teachers by subject. The series will offer teachers convenient access to online coursework to support content knowledge and content-specific instructional skills and the opportunity to earn credit toward re-certification and HOUSSE certification in subject-specific areas. The tuition for these professional development courses in the U.S. may be funded through districts allocations from Title I and Title IIA (Improving Teacher Quality State Grants), Title 5 (Innovative Programs), state professional development and school improvement budgets and in other countries by their own teacher development budgets.
TEACHINGpoint course materials support teachers and students in public schools, charter schools and home schools globally, in over 75 countries on 5 continents: North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
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