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|NATIONAL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS ALTERNATIVE TEACHER CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS
HAMMOND -- Educators and students
from throughout the country who are involved in alternative certification
for teachers will network at the National Association for Alternative Certification's
annual conference in New Orleans.
"Alternative Certification: Added
Plus for Educator Preparation" is scheduled March 28-31 at the Hyatt Regency.
“The conference will emphasize
programs for preparing teachers for our nation's hard to staff schools
and examine teacher preparation for special education teachers and for
teachers in rural, isolated or urban and high poverty areas,” said conference
co-chair Rossana Boyd, coordinator of Internet Alternative Certification
for Southeastern Louisiana University's College
of Education and Human Development.
Conference speakers will include
Jeanne M. Burns, associate commissioner for teacher education initiatives
for the Louisiana Board of Regents and Office of the Governor. Burns will
join with Glenny Lee Buquet, a member of the state's Board of Elementary
and Secondary Education, and Paula Byrd a Southeastern alternative certification
intern, to present the “Louisiana State Perspective on Alternative Certification.”
Associate Deputy Under Secretary
of Education Michael Petrilli will discuss alternative certification and
the "No Child Left Behind Act," while NAAC President Michael McKibbin,
project officer for alternative certification for the California Commission
on Teacher Credentialing, will present "Lead, Follow or Get Out of the
Way," examining the NAAC's role in alternative certification issues and
educational policy in general.
A conference brochure detailing
registration information is available online at www.alt-teachercert.org/conference.htm.
For additional information, contact Ginger Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Boyd at email@example.com.