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Press Release: edWeb.net Issues Report on Preservice Teachers and Online Networks

PRINCETON, NJ, April 21, 2014 – edWeb.net, in collaboration with Knowledge Without Borders and MCH Strategic Data, released Pathways to Participation for Preservice Teachers, a report on the use of social media services by new teachers. The report examines how online networks help preservice and new teachers connect with inservice educators, providing them with the knowledge, resources, mentoring, and general support necessary to succeed in the classroom.

Pathways to Participation for Preservice Teachers is the first in a new series of reports from edWeb.net that will share research and insights from edWeb’s work supporting educators with free professional learning programs and a platform for collaboration. Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb.net, commented, “We connect with hundreds of educators on a daily basis. We see how motivating and helpful it is for educators to have a way to connect directly with each other, and how excited they are to find new ways to make learning better for their students.”

The report was researched and written by Dr. Karen Collias, an educational advisor and researcher with more than 25 years of experience in the United States and abroad. According to Dr. Collias, “When preservice teachers participate in educational online communities, they discover individual pathways to resources, expertise and support necessary for success as new teachers.” Dr. Collias has worked as an analyst, evaluator and director in national educational reform programs focusing on teacher preparation and science education and recently completed an evaluation of STEM education for the State of Delaware.

edWeb.net has been working since 2008 to help educators connect and collaborate to improve teaching and learning, and has been introduced to several colleges of education as a collaboration network. Since 2011, edWeb hosts a New Teacher Help community on edWeb that provides an opportunity for preservice and new teachers to get support from a series of free webinars, live chats, online discussions, and resources.

Download the free report: Pathways to Participation for Preservice Teachers

Preservice and new teachers, plus any educators with an interest in mentoring and supporting new teachers, are invited to join edWeb’s New Teacher Help community.

For more information, contact:

Lisa Schmucki | Founder and CEO, edWeb.net
908-407-2755 | lisa@edweb.net

Dr. Karen Collias | Founder, Knowledge Without Borders
609-439-1446 | karen@knowwithoutborders.org

About edWeb.net
edWeb.net is a free professional learning and social network that makes it easy for educators to connect with peers, share resources and best practices, and create professional learning communities for collaboration. edWeb hosts online professional learning communities on innovative ideas to help educators move forward faster with new initiatives – Common Core, game-based learning, mobile learning, tech tools, digital citizenship, school gardens, flipped learning, new teacher help, and much more. edWeb’s professional learning communities provide continuous engagement and support with interactive webinars, online chats and discussions, archived resources, and CE certificates. Schools and districts lack the time, expertise, and funding to provide the professional development educators need – edWeb fills that gap. Learn more at www.edweb.net or follow us on Twitter @edwebnet.

About Knowledge Without Borders
Since 2007, Knowledge Without Borders™ has explored ideas and actions of people and organizations, making new connections to leverage resources, to develop new systems and to find innovative solutions. Knowledge Without Borders is continually evolving in its exploration of innovation in education, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. Dr. Karen Collias, the founder, has a Ph.D. from Columbia University in political science and international education. She has worked as a policy analyst at the U.S. Department of State, an editor at USA TODAY, a visiting lecturer at Princeton University, and as deputy director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Science Center. Learn more at www.knowwithoutborders.org.

About MCH Strategic Data
MCH Strategic Data is a leading source of compiled data on education, health, and government institutions in the United States. MCH is a privately owned company that has been in the education market for over 80 years. The company was founded by Dr. Forrest E. Long who created The Clearing House, a journal for principals to exchange ideas and debate educational practices. MCH is a strategic partner of edWeb.net in part as a tribute to the legacy of Dr. Long, an educator and innovator who believed in the power of sharing information and ideas. MCH makes it possible for edWeb to reach 3.5 million K-12 educators in the U. S. to create awareness of edWeb’s free network and professional learning programs. Visit the MCH Strategic at www.mchdata.com.

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