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ABCTE Plans Online Information Sessions for Arizona Charter School Teachers

The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence Offers Online Teaching Information Sessions Online on November 16, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC (November 10, 2005) — Arizona charter school teacher who need to validate their highly qualified status to comply with No Child Left Behind regulations can participate in free online Teaching Information Sessions, now offered by the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (www.abcte.org) on November 16, 2005.

The online Teaching Information Sessions provide individuals with more information about how to demonstrate through the Passport to TeachingSM certification program.

The sessions will feature a short presentation about Passport to Teaching as well as a live question and answer session with American Board staff members. The first session will be held on November 16, 2005 at 6 p.m. MST. Teachers who utilize Passport to Teaching  are recognized as highly qualified according to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

America needs millions of new teachers over the next decade, and the American Board is working hard to encourage more talented professionals to pursue teaching. The American Board’s Passport to Teaching program is a premier national certification option, considered a breakthrough solution for highly knowledgeable career changers.

Individuals with bachelor’s degrees can earn the Passport to Teaching certification by demonstrating mastery on the American Board’s rigorous subject area and professional teaching knowledge examinations. Additional college courses are not required unless the certification candidate chooses to participate in them for preparation purposes.

Passport to Teaching is recognized as a route to state certification in Florida, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Idaho and Utah. Many charter and private schools nationwide also recognize the certification, which is offered in a variety of subject areas. For more information, or to request a free Introduction Kit, visit www.abcte.org or call 1-877- NOW-ABCTE.

The American Board also encourages school administrators and current teachers to participate in future online Teaching Information Sessions to discuss teacher shortages, certifying teachers on waivers, and certifying charter and private school teachers.  Schools can also request recruitment brochures, posters, and other materials from the American Board.

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