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These bookmarks provide great background information for those interested in maintaining and improving their online teaching skills.

The U.S. Department of Education: Building Bridges – Professional development plays an essential role in successful education reform. Professional development serves as the bridge between where prospective and experienced educators are now and where they will need to be to meet the new challenges of guiding all students in achieving to higher standards of learning and development.

An Introduction to the National Science Education Standards – from the National Academy Press.

National Science Education Standards Content – developed by the National Academy of Sciences.

Making Music with the National Science Education Standards – making musical instruments as an example of studying the science of sound. From the National Academy of Sciences.

The Arts and Education: Partners in Achieving Our National Education Goals – The enactment of the bi-partisan Goals 2000: Educate America Act of 1994 recognizes the arts as a core area of study in which American children are expected to achieve competency. As a people, we have taken a stand: The arts should be part of a quality education for every child.

National Standards for Music Education – This publication presents nine national voluntary content standards in music for grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12:
  1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments
  4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines
  5. Reading and notating music
  6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
  7. Evaluating music and music performances
  8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
  9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture

National Standards for Music Education – from the U.S. Department of Education/OERI Institutional Communications Network (INET) Gopher Server.

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The Regional Alliance for Mathematics and Science Education Reform – Coordinated by TERC and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Regional Alliance provides professional development opportunities, technical assistance, and resources to schools seeking to formulate and execute Math, Science, and Technology reform plans.

Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's ELSI in Science program is a pilot project designed to stimulate discussions on the implications of selected areas of scientific research.

Schools, Communities, and the Arts: A Research Compendium – A selection of available applied and academic research, this publication is designed as a tool that can help address the kinds of questions local government, business, and community leaders might ask about arts education. It provides concrete information on topics from student achievement and perceptions to the status of arts education.

Eloquent Evidence - Arts at the Core of Learning – There is a growing consensus among policy makers and parents that the arts should be an integral part of education. The National Conference of State Legislatures emphasized the importance of the arts in all aspects of education in its 1992 comprehensive study, Reinventing the Wheel: A Design for Student Achievement in the 21st Century.

International Society for Technology in Education – A nonprofit professional organization dedicated to the improvement of education through computer-based technology.

The Music Educators National Conference – 66,000 Music Educators dedicated to providing a complete, balanced, sequential education to every child in America.

American Music Conference – the national organization dedicated to the promotion of music, music making, and music education to the general public.

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Department of Education – a teacher’s guide to the DOE.

The Well-Connected Educator – from the Global Schoolhouse Foundation.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards – they're developing advanced standards for teachers in more than 30 certification fields, with standards already developed in 21 fields.

The Guide to Math and Science Reform – from Annenberg/CPB.

Filling The Box – Classroom Strategies to Engender Student Questioning, by Jamieson A. McKenzie, Ed.D. and Hilarie Bryce Davis, Ed.D.

NAMM – National Association of Music Merchants.

K-12 Resources for Music Educators – by Cynthia Shirk

Music Education Directory – A guide to online music education links, sites, and resources providing information and news to assist music teachers, students, parents, administrators, and researchers.

Blue Web’N - Library of Blue Ribbon Learning Sites on the Web –

Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators (performing arts) – articles, curriculum, documents, handouts, lesson plans, music, sequences, and more.

Comprehensive Newsgroup Listing from Douglas Nunn's web pages – for instruments, hearing, audio, music/sound software, styles, artists. If you get an error message it may be due to the news server you are using! Check the settings under "Options" in your browser for "Mail and News Preferences..."

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Improving America's Schools – A newsletter on issues in social reform, funded and distributed by the U.S. Department of Education.

Current Awareness – a monthly bibliography of the most recent educational literature from an extensive collection of journals. This service is provided to you by the Division of Instructional Technology, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education

American Federation of Teachers

American Educational Research Association

Association for Educational Communications and Technology

The Association of Teacher Educators

National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development

Mid-Atlantic Eisenhower Consortium for Mathematics & Science Education

Educational Excellence Network

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"When we teach someone what we have learned,
we learn twice;
once when we receive and again when we give.
Receiving begins the learning process;
teaching someone else completes it."

– Stephen Covey

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