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The Teacher’s Academy Releases a New Course: Social Studies Websites Review

The Teacher’s Academy proudly releases the latest course in our Website Review Series: Social Studies Websites Reviews!

For those of you who are not familiar with The Teacher’s Academy’s 3-hour website review courses, the idea is simple.  We research hundreds of educational websites and choose 25 to be featured in one of our website review courses.  Of those 25 courses, we ask teachers to review five of them and give a brief summary of how they might use the website in the classroom.   Within 5 – 7 business days after completing the course, teachers will receive a Certificate and Feedback Form. They also have 25 educational websites to refer back to at anytime!  All of our website review courses are worth 3 professional development hours and cost $24.99.   Not bad for checking out a few cool website for your students!

Here is a sneak peek into the course and some of the fun and interesting web sites teachers will discover:

1. Teaching Tolerance.org

Teaching Tolerance.org is a place where teachers can find free materials to use when teaching diversity, equality, and appropriate social behaviors.  Teachers can use the Mix it Up activities, film kits, and magazines (also free) to help support a tolerant, compassionate classroom environment. http://www.tolerance.org/

2. Tenement Museum

The Tenement Museum “tells the stories of 97 Orchard Street.”  This tenement apartment building was built in 1863 and housed almost 7,000 working class immigrants. You can take a virtual tour of the apartments and learn about the families who lived there through pictures and stories.  *A great connection to current immigration issues!  http://www.tenement.org/

3. Teaching History.org

This website provides educational resources for k-12 learners.  Lesson plans, digital integrating ideas, and videos help teachers create engaging learning experiences for their students. There are links to educational websites that complement the lesson plans.  They also have their very own website review section where teachers can choose a few cool websites to check out on their own.  Wow!  What a fantastic idea! http://www.teachinghistory.org/

4. Museum Box

This is a really cool tool for organizing research then presenting an argument.  Students create their own virtual box of information to defend or argue an issue.  The museum box can be filled with videos, pictures, text, sound bites, or anything that can be used to support a particular argument.  Students will have fun with this digital tool while honing their research skills! http://museumbox.e2bn.org/

5.The First Thanksgiving Virtual Field Trips

Scholastic is a great educational website and houses webcasts that re-create the events of the first Thanksgiving.  Students get a tour of the Mayflower, meet the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians of the New World, and learn about the daily lives of these two very different cultures.  Scholastic has also created Common Core aligned lesson plans to make things extra easy for teachers!  http://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/webcast.htm

6. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum This virtual museum holds pictures, text, podcasts and videos of this dark time in history.  Teachers can share the stories of survivors and online exhibits to connect students on an emotional level.  Use online exhibits like The Nuremberg Race Laws to ignite discussions about discrimination and fear leading to genocide.  Guidelines and lesson plans are provided to help teachers build an appropriate and sensitive unit for their students. http://www.ushmm.org/

7. Facing History and Ourselves

The philosophy behind this website was to provide a way for users to directly connect with racial injustices and prejudice practices of the past so they never happen again.  Teachers can download lesson plans and units on the events surrounding the Civil Rights Movement or find teaching strategies to teach social behaviors.  Articles and news stories are also posted so teachers can connect current events to our history. https://www.facinghistory.org/

While visiting the other websites featured in this course, teachers will discover tools for creating engaging lessons for students, technology to embark on virtual field trips to historical sites such as the Pyramids of Giza, and access to live footage of our own political leaders.  We hope the Social Studies themed websites we’ve chosen for the course will ignite a new passion for learning about historical events and how they have impacted our culture.  Check out Social Studies Website Review online and get excited about Social Studies!

Here is a listing of other web site review courses you can purchase at The Teacher’s Academy website:

2013 Website Reviews for Teachers – 3 Hours, $24.99

2014 Website Reviews for Teachers – 3 Hours, $24.99

2015 Science and Apps Reviews – 3 Hours, $24.99

2015 Pre-K Website and Apps Reviews – 3 Hours, $24.99

2015 Elementary Website Reviews – 3 Hours, $24.99

For a full listing of courses, check out The Teacher’s Academy Course Catalog

 

 

 

 

 

The Teacher’s Academy Welcomes South Carolina Teachers

In the beginning…

In 2012, a group of teachers from Pennsylvania created a small company called Act 48 South Carolina landscapeAcademy.  This company started as an approved provider of professional development hours for teachers in Pennsylvania.  Soon, word spread… and we began to hear from teachers outside of PA.   Teachers from New York, New Jersey, Texas and Oregon were asking if we could offer the same affordable courses in their states!  The teachers at Act 48 Academy decided to expand to offer services to the rest of the nation under the name The Teacher’s Academy.

How Does it Work?

The teachers at The Teacher’s Academy have made obtaining professional development hours quick and easy!  Our process is simple:

  1. Create an account
  2. Shop for courses
  3. Check out

Once you have purchased the course through our secure checkout, the course and all of the materials you need will be emailed directly to your email address.  The course is yours to keep forever!  Once you open the course, there are step-by-step directions for saving the course and for uploading your completed projects to your TTA account.  All of our courses follow a similar format, so once you’ve completed one course, the next one you purchase will look the same and follow the same procedures for saving and uploading projects.  We have a high rate of teachers returning to our site for this reason alone!

 Relevant and Useful Professional Development Projects

The Teacher’s Academy is made up of certified teachers who research the latest, most effective teaching strategies and weave them into the course projects.  For example, our Blended Learning course gives teachers the opportunity to watch and understand how other schools have implemented Blended Learning activities into the classroom.  Armed with this information, teachers can create a customized Blended activity that would compliment their own existing curriculum.  Our Mindfulness in Education course focuses on the implementation of mindful practices in the classroom.   All of our courses supply teachers with high-quality educational resources and links to quality websites for further research.  Teachers can investigate these cutting edge ideas and earn professional development hours for their efforts!

Quick and Affordable

The Teacher’s Academy has considered the financial burden placed on school districts and, more specifically, teachers.   To keep costs low, we have created an efficient system of reviewing projects and then issuing your Certificate of Completion and Feedback Form within 5 – 7 business days.   The Certificate of Completion verifies the hourly participation in the course, and the Feedback Form lists the skills mastered.   These documents serve as the required verification forms that need to be submitted in order to receive renewal credits.  Our process is faster and less expensive than community colleges or other private companies.

There are no administrative or extra costs for materials, because everything you need to complete the course is emailed immediately.   We have a tech team and support staff ready to assist with any questions.

 How we can help busy South Carolina teachers…

According to the South Carolina’s Department of Education, the educator must earn a minimum of 120 renewal credits, as described in the renewal credit matrix, during the five-year validity period of the license. (SC DOE Website, Renewal Page)

 The online courses offered by The Teacher’s Academy fall under Option #10 in the Renewal Matrix:

 

RENEWAL OPTION
10. Professional Development Activity, includes conferences, workshops, task force, etc.(further information provided at the end f matrix)
 
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Renewal credits are awarded only for those professional development activities (e.g., conferences, workshops, task forces) that• are tied to the educator’s area(s) of certification and/or the goals of the employing educational entity; are provided by a national, state, regional, or locally approved sponsor; and involve a minimum of 4 hours of direct contact, excluding meals and breaks.
 
RENEWAL CREDITS
Maximum: up to 60 renewal credits may be earned via this option during the five-year validity period of the certificate.Accrual rate: 1 hour of direct participation = 1 renewal credit1 CEU = 10 hours of direct participation
 
REQUIRED VERIFICATION
In order to receive renewal credits via this option, the educator must provide• official documentation from the sponsor verifying the educator’s participation, and• a synopsis of the session topic(s), date(s), and time(s).
 

The courses at The Teacher’s Academy are written in 3, 6, 15 and 18-hour increments.  Our 15 hour courses would be considered 15 renewal credits or 1.5 CEUs (Continuing Education Credits).  This allows teachers to choose from a variety of educational experiences and gain an abundance of educational resources while earning their 60 clock hours.

We are honored to bring our services to the excellent teachers of South Carolina!  Check out some of our most popular courses:

Inspiring Ideas for the 21st Century Classroom – 18 Hours, $89.99

Mindfulness in the Classroom – 18 Hours, $89.99

Nutrition – 18 Hours, $89.99

Blended Learning – 15 Hours, $79.99

Computers the VERY Basics for the PC – 15 hours, $79.99

Microsoft Word for Educators – 15 hours, $79.99

2015 Science Website and Apps Review – 3 Hours, $24.99

2015 Pre-K Websites and Apps Review – 3 Hours, $24.99

 

Check out The Teacher’s Academy website for a listing of all of our courses and information on the education requirements for South Carolina teachers on the South Carolina Department of Education web page.

Enjoy teachers!

 

 

 

 

 

The Teacher’s Academy Expands to Indiana

Professional development made easy, affordable, and relevant (finally)!

Welcome busy Indiana teachers!  The Teacher’s Academy is honored to support Indiana’s Professional Growth Plan program.  The certified teachers at The Teacher’s Academy Indiana farmlandmake maintaining professional licenses easy, affordable and convenient.  Since we are all teachers here, we understand how expensive and time consuming it can be to attend workshops or colleges for professional development hours.   We also understand how information from workshops and colleges can be outdated or not specific to your classroom needs.   At The Teacher’s Academy, teachers can quickly download a course, create materials for your classroom and earn professional development hours, without leaving your home!

 

Indiana teachers need professional development and we can help!

The Indiana Department of Education allows teachers to choose their own professional development experiences to apply to their Professional Growth Plans.

One growth point equals 1 clock hour of a professional development activity.  Indiana teachers holding an Initial Practitioner’s license need 90 Professional Growth Plan Points for license renewal.  Most of the courses at The Teacher’s Academy are 15 clock hours (equal to 15 growth points).

 

According to Indiana’s Professional Growth Experience Documentation, The Teacher’s Academy would fall under the “Professional Conference / Workshop / Institute” option.  We could also fall under the “Other” option, which allows teachers to benefit from opportunities that “improve curriculum knowledge, instructional skills, class management skills or any other professional growth experiences.”   We will supply a Certificate of Completion and Feedback Form after successful completion of the course

 

How does it work?

First, you would need to set up an online account with The Teacher’s Academy.  Having an account allows you to purchase courses, manage your course work and upload completed projects.  Next, choose from a variety of courses depending on the hours you need or interest.   Finally, place the courses in your cart and proceed through PayPal’s secure checkout with your own credit card or a PayPal account.  All of the course materials are emailed to your email address immediately after purchase. (If you don’t see them, check your spam folder!) Directions for opening and saving the course are emailed along with the course and course materials.  You can get started right away, or perhaps you want to begin a month from now. The course is yours to keep forever, but if you want your certificate, you must complete it within a year!

 

How will I get my credit for taking the course?

Within 5-7 business days of coursework completion, expect to receive a congratulations email containing the Certificate of Completion and Feedback Form.  These documents will state the hours earned for the course along with the skills mastered, and they can be submitted to your administrator for professional development hours.   We also provide a Request for Authorization Form for the convenience of any teacher needing prior approval.

 

What if I need help?

Our courses are designed to be completed autonomously, however, we understand glitches, questions and problems arise. We have a tech team and support staff ready to assist with any issues. All requests are answered within 24 hours (but usually before then)!  Our goal is to make the process as simple, meaningful and fun as possible!

 

Course Catalog…

The Teacher’s Academy has a wide variety of courses that you can choose from ranging from computer basics to next generation teaching strategies. Below are just a few of our most popular courses to date. Check out our Course Catalog for a full list of courses.

 

Once you try it, you will keep coming back for more!

The Teacher’s Academy is proud to say we have a large percentage of returning clients for several reasons.  Clients know they are getting high quality PD because the materials are current and the projects are relevant.

 

The format for every class is similar.  In other words, once you take one course, you will notice that the course layout, terminology, and submitting protocol for all TTA courses are exactly the same. Our goal is to make the process as easy and fun as possible!

 

Once you pay for the course, it is yours to keep forever!  Often times, teachers refer back to the course for websites or activities ideas long after they’ve completed the course.  Teachers can share the educational resources, activity ideas for students and cutting edge strategies with other teachers or administrators.  Even students like to see what their teachers are learning!

 

Another feature teachers appreciate is the ability to complete their PD requirements from home.  We really like the idea of working from home, and we want to share that experience with as many teachers as possible.  So now there is no reason to get in the car and drive to a workshop or college campus.  Stay at home and enjoy a few hours of learning at your own pace and creating your own materials, and you can expect your Certificate of Completion and Feedback Form in a few days.

 

The Teacher’s Academy is proud to align our courses with the high standards set by the Indiana Department of Education.   We bring excellence to the field of education and are honored to serve the teachers of Indiana.

 

Check out The Teacher’s Academy website for a listing of all of our courses, and you can find information on the education requirements for Indiana teachers on our Indiana webpage.

 

Enjoy teachers!

 

 

The Teacher’s Academy Expands to Delaware

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Professional development made easy, affordable, and relevant (finally)!

Welcome, Delaware teachers!  The Teacher’s Academy is excited to become a part of the professional development process for our amazing Delaware teachers!  We are all certified teachers at The Teacher’s Academy so we have made maintaining professional licenses easy, affordable and convenient.  No more wasting time or money with painfully boring workshops or expensive college courses.  At The Teacher’s Academy, you can quickly download a course, create materials to use in class with your students and earn professional development hours, all from the comfort of your own home!

 Delaware teachers need professional development and we can help!

Like many states in the union, Delaware has a minimum PD requirement. Teachers need 90 hours of PD every five (5) years. Many teachers can get these requirements filled through workshops, conferences, in-services or even college courses. But what if you aren’t currently working in a district?  What if you missed the in-service day or couldn’t make it to a conference? Or maybe your district doesn’t take care of your professional development and money is an issue.  Perhaps you are a sub and don’t have access to PD and need a better solution. The Teacher’s Academy was created to fill this need. We can offer Delaware teachers professional development from the comfort of their own home, or work, or wherever they choose!

The Delaware Department of Education allows a variety of activities to fulfill professional development requirements.  The Teacher’s Academy falls under the Professional Committee, Conference, Workshop, Institute or Academy section of the Education Administrative Code.  Our Certificate of Completion and Feedback Form state the contact hours teachers earned along with the skills mastered while taking the course.  Teachers receive these documents within 5-7 business days of course completion as a PDF file, via email.

How does it work?

First, you would need to set up an online account with The Teacher’s Academy.  Here, you will purchase courses, manage your course work and upload completed projects.  Next, you simply choose from a variety of courses depending on the hours you need or content of interest.  After you apply secure payment via credit card or PayPal, all of the course materials are emailed to your account. (If you don’t see them, check your spam folder!) Along with the course materials are directions for opening and saving the course, so that you can get started right away. Or, perhaps you want to begin a month from now. The course is yours to keep forever, but if you want your certificate, you must complete it within a year!

Course Catalog…

The Teacher’s Academy has a wide variety of courses that you can choose from ranging from computer basics to next generation teaching strategies. Below are just a few of our most popular courses to date. Check out our Course Catalog for a full list of courses.

How will I get my credits for taking the course?

After your coursework has been uploaded, it will take 5-7 business days for our review team (comprised of teachers) to review and process your Certificate of Completion.  Upon successful completion of the course, expect to receive a congratulations email containing the Certificate of Completion and Feedback Form.  These documents will state the hours earned for the course along with the skills mastered, and they can be submitted to your administrator for professional development hours.

 What if I need help?

Although our courses are designed to be completed autonomously, we understand glitches, questions and problems arise. We have a tech team and support staff ready to assist with any questions. All requests are answered within 24 hours (but usually before then)!  Our goal is to make the process as simple, meaningful and fun as possible!

The Teacher’s Academy is proud to align our courses with the high standards set by the Delaware Department of Education.   We bring excellence to the field of education and are honored to serve the teachers of Delaware.

Check out The Teacher’s Academy website for a listing of all of our courses and information on the education requirements for Delaware teachers on our Delaware webpage.

Enjoy teachers!

The Teacher’s Academy Expands to Colorado

 The Teacher’s Academy Expands to Colorado

How it all began…

In 2012, a group of established teachers formed a company in Pennsylvania called Act 48CO pic Academy in honor of a law that requires all staff to maintain a high level of professional development. Act 48 Academy struck a chord for many teachers, and these services were needed outside of PA. Hence, The Teacher’s Academy was born.

We help teachers across the country…

Since then, we have been providing an affordable, convenient way for teachers to maintain their professional licenses.  In 2013, we expanded into our neighboring states of New York, New Jersey and Delaware. We’ve become approved providers for the state of Texas and Oregon.  We will remain Act 48 Academy in Pennsylvania, but our nationally recognized company, The Teacher’s Academy, reaches across the nation to support all teachers.  And now, we are excited to announce that The Teacher’s Academy is part of the educational landscape of Colorado.   We are proud to share the same vision for preparing generations of students for successful careers.

Professional development should be relevant and useful!

Preparing students for employment in an ever-changing global market must begin with our teachers.   As educators in the new millennium, we are bombarded with an incredible amount of information on best teaching practices from a variety of different sources.  Sifting through all of this information in order to keep up with highly skilled and tech savvy students can be a bit overwhelming.   We are all teachers at The Teacher’s Academy, and we understand the need to navigate time constraints, develop high-level thinkers and adhere to demanding standards.  For those reasons and more, we have created courses that contain projects for teachers to use in class and utilize resources from reputable education companies. We foster and spark next generation ideas for achieving best practices in education.   Our courses are aligned with Colorado’s superior professional development standards and can be completed at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home.

 Professional development doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming (anymore)!

The Teacher’s Academy has considered the financial burden placed on school districts and, more specifically, teachers.   To keep costs low, we have created an efficient system of reviewing projects and then distributing your Certificate of Completion and Feedback Form within 5 – 7 business days.  Our process is faster and less expensive than community colleges or other private companies.

There are no administrative or extra costs for materials because everything you need to complete the course is emailed immediately.   We have a tech team and support staff ready to assist with any questions.

 How we can help busy Colorado teachers…

According to the Colorado Department of Education, a valid license may be renewed every five years with an equivalent of six-semester hours of credit from an accepted, regionally accredited college or university, which may include up to 90 clock hours of professional development (in-services, workshops, being on a committee, etc.) earned during the validity of your professional license.

 One semester credit hour equals fifteen contact hours.  The courses at The Teacher’s Academy are written in 3, 6, 15 and 18-hour increments.  This allows teachers to choose from a variety of educational experiences and gain an abundance of educational resources while earning their 90 clock hours.

The Colorado Department of Education allows a variety of acceptable activities for professional development.  The Teacher’s Academy would fall under the Workshops or Academies section of the Accepted Renewal Activities document.  Upon completion of the course, Colorado teachers will receive a signed Certificate of Completion along with a Feedback Form that state the contact hours earned and skills mastered.  These forms are sent as a PDF file, via email, and can be submitted for earned “ongoing” professional development hours.

Once you try it, you will keep coming back for more!

The Teacher’s Academy is proud to say we have a large percentage of returning clients for several reasons.  Clients know they are getting high quality PD because the materials are current and the projects are relevant.

The format for every class they take is similar.  In other words, once you take one course, you will notice that the course layout, terminology, and submitting protocol for all TTA courses are exactly the same. Our goal is to make the process as easy and fun as possible!

Once you pay for the course, it is yours to keep forever!  Often times, teachers refer back to the course for websites or activities ideas, long after they’ve completed the course.  Teachers can share the educational resources, activity ideas for students and cutting edge strategies with other teachers or administrators.  Even students like to see what their teachers are learning!

Another feature teachers appreciate is the ability to complete their PD requirements from home.  We really like the idea of working from home and we want to share that experience with as many teachers as possible.  So now there is no reason to get in the car and drive to a workshop or college campus.  Stay at home and enjoy a few hours of learning at your own pace, creating your own materials and expect your Certificate of Completion and Feedback Form in a few days.

We are honored to bring our services to the excellent teachers of Colorado!  Check out some of our most popular courses:

Inspiring Ideas for the 21st Century Classroom – 18 Hours, $89.99

Blended Learning – 15 Hours, $79.99

Computers the VERY basics for the PC – 15 hours, $79.99

Microsoft Word for Educators – 15 hours, $79.99

2015 Science Website and Apps Review – 3 Hours, $24.99

2015 Pre-K Websites and Apps Review – 3 Hours, $24.99

Check out The Teacher’s Academy website for a listing of all of our courses and information on the education requirements for Colorado teachers on the Colorado web page.

Enjoy teachers!

Welcome to The Teacher’s Academy!

Who are we and what do we do for teachers?

We are a company created by teachers, for teachers. Teachers nationwide now have an easy and affordable way to renew or maintain their teaching certificates and licenses.  We understand the busy schedules of teachers are across the nation and how expensive and time consuming it is to maintain a certificate can be, so it is with great excitement we open our doors to all U.S. teachers!

We started in Pennsylvania, catering strictly to PA teachers (you may know us as ACT 48 Academy in PA). When we started receiving requests from our teacher friends in New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Maryland, we had to consider expanding our services to the rest of the nation! However, requirements in PA are different than requirements in other states, so with a little research and some guidance from fellow teachers, we came up with a plan to help any teacher renew their certificates, maintain their licenses and connect with their own states’ renewal procedures.

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