To help establish a foundation of "highly qualified" teachers in core subjects by the end of the 2005-06 school year as mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the Concord Consortium has developed two new series of online professional development courses for elementary and secondary math instructors. The programs are available to teachers nationwide.

"This [initiative] is important, because NCLB requires all students [to] reach proficiency in the next decade," said David Thomas, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Education (ED). "To reach that goal, we need to offer teachers the tools they need


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