Canter & Associates, a leading provider of professional development programs for teachers, recently launched ProfessionalTeacher.com, a web site designed to support the professional development efforts of K-12 classroom teachers and simplify the license renewal process. Currently 45 states require teachers to renew or maintain a teaching license or certificate. A significant section of the newly reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act concentrates on supporting teacher quality, including assisting teachers in meeting certification, licensing, and other requirements. For the first time, states will be required to track certified as well as uncertified teachers. “ProfessionalTeacher.com will provide a one-stop solution to help teachers better understand state guidelines in order to create their own personal professional development plan,” said Kathy Winberry, senior vice president and general manager of Canter & Associates. “Our team of educators has done much of the legwork to bring the most current and relevant recertification information right to the teacher’s own desktop computer.” Teachers can use this online resource to locate state-specific renewal forms, get information and guidelines on creating individualized professional development plans, and access links to professional development courses and programs. The site’s Career Center also provides tips on writing a winning resume and cover letter, job search assistance, job descriptions, salary comparisons, and other services for educators.

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