April 23rd, 2014

Welcome!  Click on Advocacy and Professional Development Sites to explore new resources.

In the attachments, you will find the handouts from the January 3, 2011 IDEA break-out session NBPTS: Fairness, Equity, and Diversity.


Advocacy and Professional Development

The Advocacy Institute
The Advocacy Institute is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to the development of products, projects and services that works to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Center for Teaching Quality
CTQ seeks to improve student learning and advance the teaching profession by: cultivating teacher leadership, conducting timely research, and crafting smart policy.

Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession
CSTP is a unique and innovative Washington state nonprofit organization that helps build a strong, supported and effective teaching force for Washington's students. Established in 2003, we promote state and local policies and practices to help thriving, professional educators positively impact student learning.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
  Interested in National Board? 
  Explore the For Candidates tab.
  Already an NBCT? 
  Explore the tabs:  For NBCTs , Resources , and Policy Center

  Not going for certification?  Click on the GET INVOLVED link.

National Disability Rights Network
NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities.  Through training and technical assistance, legal support, and legislative advocacy, NDRN works to create a society in which people with disabilities are afforded equality of opportunity and are able to fully participate by exercising choice and self-determination.

The NEA Foundation
The NEA Foundation is an independent, public charity supported by contributions from educators, corporate sponsors, and others.  We partner with education unions, districts, and communities to create powerful, sustainable improvements in teaching and learning.

Project Zero
Project Zero is an educational research group at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Project Zero's mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, as well as humanistic and scientific disciplines, at the individual and institutional levels.

Stanford University: Helping Students with Special Needs
An "exceptional" student may have special needs because of a disability, giftedness or both, and may face extra challenges if s/he is a language learner. Visit links [on this site] to learn more about the issues and the legal requirements you may want to consider in working with these students.

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading, Free to the World
TED is a global and growing community. The staff is headquartered in New York and Vancouver, but the collaborative nature of our work means we have advisors and contributors worldwide, who work with us to shape the TED Conference, the TED Prize and the TED website.

US Department of Education
The mission of the Department of Education is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. It engages in four major types of activities: establishing policies, conducting research, identifying issues, and enforcing laws.

University of Maryland Center for School Mental Health
The mission of theCSMH is to strengthen policies and programs in school mental health to improve learning and promote success for America's youth. 
[See Additional Resources.]

Washington Education Association
Today's WEA and NEA leaders share a commitment to taking greater responsibility for the quality of public education, the professionalism and competence of our members, and the learning of our students. We remain dedicated to improving education policy and funding without abandoning a commitment to our hard-won gains through collective bargaining.

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