Link: Teaching Excellence Network.
Here is a nifty find...a new online community developed by Chicago's Golden Apple Foundation. The foundation traditionally bestows its prestigious Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching each year in addition to running several other programs. We're very lucky at Lab to have about four previous winners among our faculty.
First of all, I love the structure of this site. There are three sections: communities, resources, and voices of teachers. The Communities section is divided into various headings: In the Classroom, In the School, In the News, In the Heart, For the New Teacher, For the Future Teacher. Resources include member recommended links, books, news articles, and professional development event announcements. And, the Voices of Teachers section includes a weekly poll, teaching tips, and a repository for longer narratives related to the teaching profession. The process for joining itself requires teachers to demonstrate a committment to always strive for excellence. How refreshing!
It is nice to see that the Golden Apple is broadening its reach by sharing the collective expertise of the educators who've participated in this award program and inviting other educators to join in conversations about education. I look forward to seeing how this new initiative develops. The only thing I would add to this site are some RSS feeds!