McREL Standards and Benchmarks / 2005 Summer Workshops by the Dept of Ed.

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4th Edition of McREL's Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks Now Available
McREL's Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks is a compilation of content
standards for K-12 curriculum in both searchable and browsable formats. As
part of the ongoing effort to provide the best of current information
related to standards, we have completed a significant update of the
standards database. The 4th edition online database includes the following
features and additions: browsable topics; knowledge/skill statements;
revised vocabulary terms; and prekindergarten benchmarks.

2005 Summer Workshops
Building on the success of last year's teacher workshops, the U.S.
Department of Education will again host a series of workshops for teachers
and principals in summer 2005.  Some of the nation's best teachers and
researchers will share their strategies for raising student achievement and
informing teachers of the latest, successful research-based practices.  The
upcoming Teacher-to-Teacher Summer Workshops will be geared toward K-12
teachers and principals, and the subjects covered will be evenly distributed
among elementary and secondary school instruction.  Breakout sessions will
cover the content areas of literacy/reading, mathematics, science, history
and the arts.  Additional sessions will be held on school leadership, the No
Child Left Behind Act, IDEA, using data effectively, and many other topics
and strategies that can enable all levels of students - high-performing,
average and low-performing - to improve academically.

The 2005 Summer Workshops will be held in six cities: Cincinnati, Ohio (June
20-22); Phoenix, Arizona (June 27-29); Minneapolis, Minnesota (July 11-13);
Tampa, Florida (July 18-20); Bethesda, Maryland (July 25-27); and San Jose,
California (August 1-3).  Registration will open soon.  Please sign up for
Teacher Updates to receive updates regarding registration and visit

For attendees, the registration and the professional development sessions
are free of charge.  Meals and refreshments will be provided during
scheduled workshop activities, and participants are responsible for their
own transportation and lodging.

The Department is now accepting proposals from teachers and those who work
with teachers on a daily basis who would like to present at this conference.
For additional information, please visit


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