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ABCTE Plans Online Information Sessions for Individuals Interested in Teaching Secondary Mathematics

The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence Offers Teaching Information Session Online December 1, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC (November 29, 2005) — Individuals interested in changing careers to become teachers of mathematics are invited to participate in a free online Teaching Information Session, offered by the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (abcte.org) on December 1, 2005.

The online Teaching Information Sessions provide individuals with more information about how to become a teacher. The interactive sessions allow individuals to learn more about the American Board and the design of its Passport to TeachingSM certification program.

Mike Kelley, a former math teacher and award winning author of several mathematics and teaching books such as Peterson’s AP Calculus AB & BC and Rookie Teaching for Dummies, will discuss earning teacher certification in mathematics. American Board staff will also give a brief presentation on Passport to Teaching and respond to live questions.

The session will be held on December 1, 2005 at 6 p.m. ET. Individuals can register to participate or receive more information by calling 1-877-NOW-ABCTE (1-877-669-2228) – or online at http://www.abcte.org/drupal/teach/events.

Teachers who utilize Passport to Teaching to earn their state certification 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 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 free recruitment brochures, posters, and other materials from the American Board.

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