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In 2000, APECís Education Ministers stated that the teacher lies at the heart of education and acknowledged that adequate preparation and on-going training are key to teachers adapting to new roles as facilitators of learning. The following resources address teaching of specific content areas or efforts to improve teacher training and support systems.

        


All APEC Members

  • World Transformed: Preparing Students for the 21st Century, A This English-language power-point report was presented at the 2004 Summit on Education Reform in the APEC Region. Vivien Stewart reflects on the skills students require in the 21st century context - including knowledge of core content, communication skills and the ability to use technology. Stewart reports on how students currently perform in these areas and lays out the challenge for educators in APEC. Get More Detail

  • World Links This website (available in Spanish and French) provides information about a teacher training program and international networl for collaborative projects and integration of technology into learning. World Links began as a pilot project of the World Bank where it served over 130,000 students and teachers. Get More Detail


Australia

  • Literacy and Numeracy The Australian Government considers that literacy and numeracy are the cornerstones of all learning and that it is crucial for children to develop these foundation skills at the earliest possible time in their school years. This site provides links to useful information on the Australia's policies and programmes to improve literacy and numeracy. Get More Detail

  • New South Wales Science and Technology Syllabus and Support Documents This Australian website provides educational resources for teaching Science and Technology to students grades K-6. It includes the "Science and Technology Syllabus and Support Document," which provides expected learning outcomes for students, as well as "Science and Technology Outcomes and Indicators" and "K-6 Science and Technology in Action - Updates from the Classroom." Get More Detail

  • New Apprenticeship Program of Australia's Vocational Education & Training Department, The This site provides practical information on apprenticeships and traineeships in Australiaís Vocational Education and Training system and links to other government sites that provide advice on specific aspects of the New Apprenticeship Programme. Get More Detail


Canada

  • Ontario Curriculum Unit Planner The Ontario Curriculum Unit Planner/Planificateur is an installed software program that contains the entire Ontario curriculum expectations from Kindergarten to Grade 12, and provides a consistent format for teachers to design, share, adapt, and manage curriculum units, programs, and profiles linked to the curriculum. Hundreds of units and resources are available for download and adaptation. Available in English and French. (See the French version at: http://www.planificateur.org/) Get More Detail

  • Teacher Education/Educator Training: Current Trends and Future Directions This Canadian report documents the proceedings of the 2001 Pan-Canadian Education Research Agenda Symposium on teacher education/educator training that was held at the Laval University in Quebec City. The report includes information on commissioned research, research presentations, research authors, and the discussions that took place. Get More Detail

  • Enhancing Learning through Formative Assessment Case Studies from Canadian and OECD Research Canadian participation in this OECD study involved five provinces, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador, which led the team, coordinated by the CMEC Secretariat. This international comparative study involved participating countries contributing a report and hosting a site visit by an OECD examiner expert in the field of formative assessment. All five provinces participated in the Canadian report; Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec and Saskatchewan aslo hosted site visits. The focus of this OECD study is an in-depth understanding of the way that teaching and leaning takes place and student progress is assessed as a formative process, using a number of exemplary innovations. Get More Detail

  • Canada's SchoolNet: Learning Resources This Canadian web portal provides links to over 7,000 of the Internet's most engaging and informative site selected to meet the needs of teachers, students and parents. Available in French and English, SchoolNet is a partnership with the provincial and territorial governments, the education community and the private sector, to promote the effective use of information and communications technologies (ICT) in learning. Get More Detail

  • Saskatchewan Collaborative Curriculum Development Process This promising practice document from Saskatchewan, Canada describes the provincial education department's curriculum development processes which involve teachers and others (e.g., students, parents, school trustees, administrators, Elders, post-secondary institutions, business, and other communities) in contributing their expertise as well as enhancing their knowledge and practice. The finalized curricula contain input at every step from classroom teachers (and others) and reflect a synthesis of all that is currently known about best practices, relevant important subject matter, and provincial and national contexts. Get More Detail

  • Teacher Education/Educator Training: Current Trends and Future Directions This Canadian report documents the proceedings of the 2001 Pan-Canadian Education Research Agenda Symposium on teacher education/educator training that was held at the Laval University in Quebec City. The report includes information on commissioned research, research presentations, research authors, and the discussions that took place. Get More Detail

  • Saskatchewan Assessment for Learning This promising practice document from Saskatchewan, Canada describes the Assessment for Learning provincial mathematics pilot pre-2004. The project provides student opportunity-to-learn and achievement outcome data to divisions and schools throughout the province, and engages teachers and other participants in using the data to inform improvement plans and interventions toward improving student learning outcomes in mathematics. Get More Detail


Chile

  • EducarChile: An Educational Portal This Spanish-language web portal was designed to provide teachers, students, family members and researchers in Chile with a variety of educational resources available in a fun and easy to use format. Enlaces, the Ministry's group dedicated to integrating ICT into the schools, has developed lesson guidelines for teachers on the Portal to help them cover specific curriculum objectives. Get More Detail


China


Hong Kong

  • Basic Education Curriculum Guide-Building on Strengths (Primary 1-Secondary 3) The Basic Education Curriculum Guide from Hong Kong aims to help school heads and teachers reflect upon the strengths of their schools with reference to the main recommendations made in the Curriculum Development Council's (CDC) Report on "Learning to Learn - The Way Forward in Curriculum Development" (CDC, 2001), and then to decide how best to bring about the curriculum reform in the context of the school to achieve the aims of education and the overall aims of the school curriculum. Get More Detail

  • HKSAR Curriculum Development Institute This is an official website for the Curriculum Development Institute, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). An overview and relevant information about the curriculum development on 8 Key Learning Areas (KLA) (including Mathematics Education), resources and supporting materials are available. Get More Detail

  • Preliminary Study on Reviewing the Progress and Evaluating the Information Technology in Education Commissioned by the Education Department (ED) in Hong Kong, this study reviews and evaluates Government initiatives implementing Information Technology in Education (ITEd). The study was called for in "Information Technology for Learning in a New Era: Five-year Strategy 1998/99 to 2002/03." Get More Detail

  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education and Development APJTED is an international refereed journal dedicated to theory development, empirical research, policy formulation, and practical improvement in teacher education, staff development, and teaching. It is published biannually with articles in English or Chinese. Get More Detail


Japan


Korea

  • EDU-I This Korean language website provides a portal from the Korean Institute of Curriculum and Evaluation's Teaching and Learning Support Center to provide professional support to teachers in each of sixteen local boards of education Get More Detail

  • 2002: Adapting Education to the Information Age A White Paper on the challenges of developing human resources in a knowledge-based society. The White Paper summarizes the current and domestic situation in Korea regarding ICT use in education. It includes current statistics and describes the current situation, current tasks, future vision and further steps of ICT use in education; from elementary and secondary education through continuing education. Get More Detail


Malaysia


Mexico


New Zealand


Thailand

  • Reform Proposals for Teaching Profession in Thailand This report from the National Education Commission reviews and provides recommendations in several areas of Thailand's teacher development system. These include: licensing of teachers and administrators; production and development of teachers; and honoring teachers. The report is a result of the 1999 National Education Act, Thailand's first education reform legislation. Get More Detail

  • Policy Recommendations on Production and Development of Teachers in Thailand The English-language paper discuses the history of efforts at teacher development in Thailand, comparing similar efforts in Latin America, the United Kingdom, and several APEC economies. The efforts focus on four specific objectives: 1. Obtaining quality teachers, 2. Enhancing the status of the teaching profession, 3. Ensuring educational quality through assurance of the teachers' quality; and 4. Motivating good and competent persons to join the teaching profession. Get More Detail

  • Teachers professional development program in Thailand This document outlines a national effort in Thailand to revamp professional development programs using distance education via satellite. The paper articulates the challenges facing professional development, the specific activities undertaken, program monitoring and costs, and how the activity will be evaluated. Get More Detail


United States

  • Data from TIMSS on Teachers and Instruction This U.S. document is a compilation of excerpts, presented in a spreadsheet, that relate to mathematic teachers and instruction. They are taken from the 1999 Third International Mathematics and Science Study prepared by Boston College (in English). Get More Detail

  • Technology as Facilitator of Quality Education Model Provides a model assisting teachers with development of cooperative learning opportunities for students. The project is sponsored by colleges of education at several U.S. universities. Information is available in multiple languages including Chinese, Spanish, and Russian. Get More Detail

  • Rubric for Technology Professional Development, A A framework for school professional development staff, administrators and teachers to design and evaluate professional development programs focused on integrating technology into the curriculum. This resource was developed by a U.S. University. Get More Detail

  • What Works in Girls' Education: Summary This is a 200+ page report from the Council of Foreign Relations. It discusses the state of girls' education, the benefits of same, why there is not more of it, what works in girls' education, and how policy makers should go about improving it. The full report can be found at http://www.cfr.org/pdf/Girls_Education_full.pdf, the same URL but with "full" instead of summary. http://www.cfr.org/pub6974/nancy_birdsall_hillary_rodham_clinton_gene_b_sperling/what_works_in_girls_education_evidence_and_policies_from_the_developing_world_a_report_by_barbara_herz_and_gene_sperling.php has a press conference releasing the report. Get More Detail

  • New South Wales Science and Technology Syllabus and Support Documents This Australian website provides educational resources for teaching Science and Technology to students grades K-6. It includes the "Science and Technology Syllabus and Support Document," which provides expected learning outcomes for students, as well as "Science and Technology Outcomes and Indicators" and "K-6 Science and Technology in Action - Updates from the Classroom." Get More Detail

  • Using Data to Influence Classroom Decisions This report offers insight on how and why one should use data-driven results to improve teaching and learning in the classroom. Get More Detail

  • What Works Clearinghouse, The The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was established in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education. Get More Detail

  • Classroom Connect This U.S. site provides access to learning resources, activities, discussions, professional development opportunities and more for teachers. Get More Detail

  • Smithsonian for Teachers, The Serves as a gateway to the Smithsonian's educational resources. Educators can search lesson plans, access on-line resources from the museums' extensive collections and participate in professional development opportunities. Contains particular resources to improve science education and enhance studentsí creativity. Get More Detail

  • Awesome Library This web portal organizes over 22,000 resources for teachers, students, parents and other educators. The site covers a range of topics including science, math, languages, technology and more. Users can browse the site in a number of languages including Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, Indonesian, and Spanish. Get More Detail

  • The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) The Gateway to Education Materials (GEM) is a web portal that is a consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commericial Internet sites. Get More Detail

  • Global Learning Portal The GLP web portal was jointly developed by the Academy for Educational Development (AED), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Sun Microsystems in response to the "Education For All" goals. It uses the Internet to help customers participate in global communities of educators without ever traveling abroad. Customers can share and collaboratively develop education-focused resources such as lesson plans, reports and case studies. Members can create personal profiles and search profiles of fellow members to find colleagues around the globe who are interested in collaboration. Education-related topics can be explored through discussion forums and collaborative projects. Get More Detail

  • Virtual Reference Desk Learning Center A U.S. site with desktop resources for elementary and secondary educators. Includes curriculum-related Web sites in a range of areas and opportunities to consult with experts. Get More Detail

  • Reform Proposals for Teaching Profession in Thailand This report from the National Education Commission reviews and provides recommendations in several areas of Thailand's teacher development system. These include: licensing of teachers and administrators; production and development of teachers; and honoring teachers. The report is a result of the 1999 National Education Act, Thailand's first education reform legislation. Get More Detail

  • No Child Left Behind This site provides an overview and relevant information about the United State's sweeping new Elementary and Secondary education reform plan, No Child Left Behind. Get More Detail

  • Data from TIMSS on Teachers and Instruction This U.S. document is a compilation of excerpts, presented in a spreadsheet, that relate to mathematic teachers and instruction. They are taken from the 1999 Third International Mathematics and Science Study prepared by Boston College (in English). Get More Detail

  • Data on Science Teachers and Instruction This U.S. document is a compilation of excerpts, presented in a spreadsheet, that relate to science teachers and instruction. They are taken from the 1999 Third International Mathematics and Science Study prepared by Boston College. Get More Detail

  • A Chart Book on Math and Science Review of TIMSS data related to achievement, instruction, teacher characteristics, and student achievement for grades four and eight. Get More Detail

  • Education of Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Technology: New Practices for the New Millennium Report providing recommendations to improve the quality of teaching in math, science, and technology in the United States. Get More Detail

  • The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) The Gateway to Education Materials (GEM) is a web portal that is a consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commericial Internet sites. Get More Detail


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