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Resources for Virtual Teaching During COVID-19

New Considerations in Lesson Planning In these few weeks, classrooms across the world have gone virtual, pushing face-to-face instruction outside of the box. We have discovered that more is not always better. Many state departments of education are stressing a limited scope of delivery. As [...]

Meet Dr. Reggie Todd, Lesson 3 and 4 Instructor

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela Like Nelson Mandela, Dr. Reggie Todd is a firm believer that education can change the world. So much so that he has devoted his life to a career in education. Dr. Todd began his teaching career in [...]

Alternative Teacher Certification in Florida

A growing teacher shortage is disrupting the learning environment in the United States, and Florida is no exception with 3,500 vacancies entering the 2019-2020 school year. The consequences for students are concerning. Florida districts need qualified teachers, particularly in the subject areas [...]

Prep Smart to Pass the Florida Teacher Exams

Passing teacher certification tests is a basic requirement for teacher licensure in most states. The test results are used to measure aspiring teachers’ knowledge and skills to ensure they are qualified to teach. Since each state sets its own standards, testing requirements vary from state to [...]


Teachers study Bloom’s Taxonomy in their education training program. Taxonomy means classification. Bloom’s taxonomy is a simple classification system that defines and distinguishes six levels of human thinking, learning and understanding. Teachers should include all learning levels in their [...]


Shelby County Schools  (SCS) is the largest public school district in Tennessee (Memphis area) and the 23rd largest public school district in the U.S. Given their student enrollment and student diversity, this district faces many challenges.  Consider the distribution of their 110,000 students [...]

The Heart and Mind of a Teacher and Coach

When I recently met with David Saunders to discuss his career from teacher to coach and back to teacher, he said that “It doesn’t have to be a perfect little path”. David’s 37-year career has taken many twists and turns. The common thread found in his teaching and coaching is the emphasis of [...]

A Guide to Creating Ultimate Teacher Portfolios

There is an increasing need for teacher portfolios which document achievements and classroom experiences. These portfolios visually communicate a teacher’s experience in a professional and organized manner. Teacher portfolios are not always required but are highly recommended for several [...]


To become a certified teacher, most states require a bachelor’s degree, student teaching and a passing score on teacher certification exams. Although student teaching provides invaluable training, it rarely allows enough time for new teachers to learn everything they need to know when they [...]


Most educators agree that mentoring programs (induction) are essential for beginning teachers to meet the needs of their students. Although available mentoring programs have doubled in the past two decades, approximately half of the states still offer no formal mentoring for new teachers. There [...]


To become a certified teacher, you must: 1. earn a bachelor’s degree 2. complete student teaching (also known as field experience, internship, practicum) 3. pass several teacher certification exams Through coursework, you study methods and practices of teaching (called pedagogy). Through [...]


If you want to earn the highest level of teacher certification, you should consider ‘National Board Certification’. We researched all the details and put together this simple overview to tell you about how to get this certification and how it can help you in your teaching career. What is [...]

Summer Opportunities for Teachers

During the summer, many teachers spend quality time with family, go on family vacations, take online courses, attend teacher trainings and plan for the coming school year. Some teachers like to spend the summer months to supplement their income.  Several summer opportunities include tutoring, [...]


In teaching, the term ‘state reciprocity’ refers to using an existing teacher certification to get a teaching license in another state. Because teachers are more and more on the move, most states developed certification agreements to outline the process to accept teacher [...]

The Teaching Shortage in America

This month we are going to talk about the teacher shortage in America –  why it’s happening, what is being done about it and how an online teacher certification program can help. The teaching shortage is a major issue in America that exists in many states. The Guardian conducted a survey [...]


In Part 1 of this series, we learned that English is the most spoken non-native language in the world which is why so many people want to learn this language. In Part 2, we talked about finding a teaching job abroad by first deciding what type of school setting you prefer and what requirements [...]


In part 1 of this series, we explained why so many people want to learn English. According to the data, English is the most spoken non-native language in the world today. Since over 1 billion people are currently learning English as a second language, there is a huge demand for teaching English [...]


 The English language is the most studied language in the world. According to the British Council, an estimated 1.5 billion people across the globe are currently learning English. There is a universal desire and need for people to learn the English language. This has opened a robust job market [...]

The 10 Best Cities for Job Growth in 2019

It’s spring time and with spring comes job growth and new beginnings. Now is the time to start a new journey in a new city with a new job. Deciding where to move is never an easy task but with our help you can find the city for you! The hardest part of any decision […]


Many people change careers over 5-7 times during their lifetime. The story below describes David, a 68 year old, who has had 5 careers so far! From serving his country, to translating historical writings and to operating construction equipment, some may say that he’s seen it all. After [...]

Education Takes You Far and Beyond

Pursuing Education: An Alternative Teaching Certification Program to Reach Your Highest Potential A career in education translates to a life of service, fulfillment, and honor. Recently, at the 2018 PACE (Pensacola Area Commitment to Excellence) Awards in Pensacola, FL, this came to fruition [...]

Using Assessment Data to Improve Your Teaching

A key piece of curriculum in the TeacherReady® Online Certification Program is Using Assessment Data. What makes this specific portion of the online teaching certification process so important? We have found that when teachers effectively use student assessment data in the classroom, they can [...]

Have you recognized your calling to be a teacher?

Dr. Aleta Schexnayder, a TeacherReady® instructor, knew she wanted to become a teacher at the young age of six or seven. Most of us did not know our calling at such an early age, and many of us may still not know. Recognizing your passion and following your calling in life can take time. [...]

Providing Consistent Feedback to Parents

Why provide feedback? It is vital to provide feedback to parents that recognizes what students are doing well. We often express what students do wrong, but seldom reward and recognize good performance. Similar to most people, students respond when they are recognized. Using research findings [...]

How to Teach ALWAYS Actions in Your Classroom

The Teaching ALWAYS Actions™ are “must do” behaviors in the Student Engagement Framework™ (click here for more on this framework). Below, we present a way for teachers to apply these essential teaching practices: Action 1 Procedures: The ultimate goal is to get the first day of [...]

Why You Should Be Teaching ALWAYS Actions

As we work with teachers, we engage in conversations about domains of teaching. We introduce the Teaching ALWAYS Actions™ as a way of “making the complex, simple.” The Teaching ALWAYS Actions are five actions teachers must do every day in their classrooms to ensure students are [...]

Why You Should Be Using Learning Targets

For students to learn they need to know what is expected of them and they need to know what success looks like. Therefore, teachers must create and effectively communicate clearly defined learning targets. These targets need to be posted in the same place in the classroom every day. With the [...]

Resume Tips to Land that Teaching Position

Have a resume built, but need a little help perfecting it? When applying for a teaching position there are a few simple things you can do to make your resume stand out from the rest. Gayle Furlow, TeacherReady® Field Placement Advisor, shares a few key tips to add to your resume and help you [...]

Promote What You Want to See in Your Students

Promote What You Want to See in Your Students for a Happier and Less Stressful Start to the New School Year Students generally respond better to rewards than to verbal scoldings. Rather than getting overtly upset when a student doesn’t remember how to line up on the first week, try verbally [...]

Prepare in Advance

Prepare in Advance for a Happier and Less Stressful Start to the New School Year Experienced teachers know that the sooner they get started collecting and organizing items for their classrooms (or take them out of storage), the better they feel about the first few days of school. Likewise, [...]

Plan for Success

Plan for Success For a Happier and Less Stressful Start to the New School Year How do you do this? Consider and answer the following questions in advance of the school year: Look back over the standards appropriate for your grade level and subject matter. Think about those in blocks of [...]

Instructional Calendar: Mapping Out the School Year

Why? An instructional calendar is a valuable tool for mapping out curriculum standards, to ensure appropriate pacing, and to support student mastery of required content. Creating this instructional calendar is one of the most important things you can do before the school year begins. What? The [...]

What Makes a Successful Teacher?

What makes a stand-out, successful teacher? In a quick 3-minute video, TeacherReady® instructor, Susan McLeod, shares her insights on being the best teacher you can be for your students. She explains how to be prepared for the unexpected and why you should hold students accountable. “Love [...]

Put Your Best Foot Forward in the First 90 Days

The first 90 days back to school can be filled with stress and anxiety, especially if you are at a brand new school or teaching for the first time. In an attempt to avoid stepping on anyone’s toes, getting on the wrong side of a new co-worker, or making a mistake, it’s often [...]

30 Day Lesson Development Process

Lesson Development Process When teachers plan lessons, we suggest they view learning through a student’s lens. Effective teachers align the skill set required of a lesson to a student’s learning level. A teacher’s number one goal is to guide students to exceed their expected [...]

Building a Curriculum Calendar & Lesson Planning

A curriculum calendar and lesson plans ensure you are teaching all the necessary material throughout the year. Without these items, you may find yourself behind in teaching all content. We suggest you start the process with a broader curriculum calendar and then develop individual lesson plans. [...]

Developing an Effective Classroom Management Plan

An effective management plan is vital to the success and efficiency of your classroom and most importantly, your students. Well thought-out classroom procedures should be in place on day one. Keep in mind, you won’t be able to teach every procedure on that first day. What are the key [...]

Tips & Tricks for Classroom Organization

Preparing for the First Day: Organizing your classroom Prior to the first day of school, there are many classroom organization details to consider. You want to be sure to have your classroom organized and ready for students to step through the door that first day back. An organized classroom [...]

The Little Moments in Class Matter

During the busy school year, it can be easy to forget the impact we, as teachers, may have on each individual student. When the chaos subsides, it is important to reflect on our work and take notice of how we touch the lives of our students. Kara McAlister, a TeacherReady® alumni, reflects on a [...]

Teacher Rounding: An Important Tool for Reflection

Rounding In a previous blog post, we discuss the benefit of applying the Coaching Probe Tool with collegial coaches and teacher learning teams to reflect on student success. Rounding is another effective tool to aid teachers in the reflection process. Collegial coaches use various strategies to [...]

Using Data to Reflect on Student Progress

Reflect on How Well Students are Learning: In performance-driven classrooms, teachers constantly reflect on how well their students are learning. Success should be measured by how well students have learned rather than how well teachers think they taught. Data help teachers know if and when [...]

Three Steps Towards Making Bad Teaching Habits Good

Most people have at least one bad habit, if not, more than one. The bad habits can be in their personal lives and in the workplace. Many teachers have bad habits they probably don’t even notice. Some of these bad teaching habits include: Using a textbook as the script for teaching. Saving [...]

Best Practices: What’s Working Well For Sheri Green

A Standout Teacher in the Making Sheri Green, a teacher candidate currently completing the TeacherReady® program, says she always wanted to be a teacher. “I wanted to inspire, motivate, encourage and help develop our children. My biggest motivation was just giving back to our youth, which [...]

Call to Action: How Do We Help New Teachers?

What problem do new teachers face? “Nearly half of all beginning teachers will leave their classrooms within five years, only to be replaced by another fresh-faced educator,” Owen Phillips told nprEd. When asked “What can schools specifically do to address the problem of [...]

The New Grad Dilemma: How Can I Use My Degree?

When I decided to go to school to be a journalist, I had big dreams. I was going to chase down stories reminiscent of Citizen Kane. I would spend long days ferreting out the truth behind conspiracies and sleepless nights clobbering the keys of a typewriter. I was young. It didn’t take [...]

Bernadette Hanley: Veteran, Mother, Teacher

A Veteran and Mother in Italy After 20 years in the United States Army, Bernadette Hanley retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. She was living in Italy with her two sons, suddenly finding more time on her hands. She focused her newfound free time on her family, specifically her sons. It wasn’t long [...]

Reflections of a First Year Teacher: Diana Shenkel

There is a high learning curve during your first year of teaching. We do everything we can to prepare before entering the classroom, but there are somethings you can’t always anticipate. Diana Shenkel, proud TeacherReady Alumni, finished her first year of teaching at Holy Family School in [...]

End the School Year with Strong Student Engagement

Once the end of the school year rolls around, it can feel like everyone is dragging their feet. Students and teachers can see the light at the end of tunnel and are ready for summer vacation. This can be a challenge because the end of the school year is when all of the major testing happens. [...]

Fill the Need: Become a Hero By Becoming a Teacher

The need for more teachers is a reality school leaders have every year. All over the United States, school leaders are continuously looking to fill teaching positions. Filling these positions has become harder and harder in recent years. Teacher shortage throughout the U.S. Typically, school [...]

Chase Passion: Love What You Do By Teaching

For the love of Football Before leaving college, Zack Fleming knew teaching was his passion. He realized this during his collegiate athletic career. Zack wasn’t one to sit on the sidelines and watch the game. While experiencing some significant injuries, he asked his coach what he could [...]

Earn Parent Support To Help Meet Student Needs

Communication is key when working with students and their parents. Parents know that their child’s education lies in your hands. Teachers must help to remove the anxiety from parents and a great way to do this is to introduce yourself. This sounds simple, but it can go a long way and [...]

Career Change Guide

If you are starting to feel that career change itch… that nagging thought growing louder and louder: “I don’t want to do this for the rest of my life,”  you are not alone. According to The Wall Street Journal, the average person entering the workforce in 2010 are [...]

Teaching Opportunities in Florida

The Bureau of Educator Recruitment is offering a unique opportunity for aspiring teachers to break into the field. If you are not yet certified, you can get into the classroom and then work towards teacher certification. Educator Preparation Institutes, like TeacherReady, make it possible for [...]

Three Ways to Provide Positive Feedback to Students

Students want to be rewarded and recognized for their performances. Once given positive feedback, students will respond better to all feedback given. Ideas for Providing Positive Feedback Send thank you notes to students. If a student receives a thank you note expressing your appreciation for a [...]

What is a Flipped Classroom and Why Flip?

A flipped classroom is when what happens in the classroom and what happens at home are basically “flipped.”  Students listen to lectures, read lessons, and complete guided practice at home and then come into school ready to practice and review what they have learned with the teacher.  Homework [...]

Make a Difference as a Truly Amazing Teacher

Celebrate a Truly Amazing Teacher. Each year in January our leaders celebrate colleagues who embody and live a decade-long commitment of our mission and standards of behavior. We celebrate these individuals as truly amazing colleagues who make a difference in education and healthcare. This is [...]

Develop Excellent Teachers by Coaching

  Develop excellent teachers by coaching them to consistently execute a set of actions built on clinical expertise and experience from professional practice.  How to Lead Teachers to Become Great (Read Chapter 1) recognizes that great school leaders and great teachers make great schools. [...]

How Well Did You Teach, Today ?

In her book Who’s Engaged? Dr. Janet Pilcher writes, here is what we know. Students emotionally experience assessments (p. 35). What does this mean for teachers and parents? We are responsible for knowing where, when and how these emotions occur. The question Janet asked herself at the end of [...]

Using Assessment Data in the Classroom

Using Assessment Data in the Classroom. As teachers, we have so many tools at our disposal that it can become overwhelming to sort through all the items in the toolbox and select the one that will most benefit our students. So often I have found myself planning that perfect lesson for my [...]

Make Gratitude Part of Classroom Culture

Make Gratitude Part of Your Classroom Culture. Across the United States this week many of us will visit with family and friends in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. As we “give thanks” and share stories of gratitude, this week’s Quick Reads challenges us to make gratitude part of [...]

Common Planning for Student Achievement

As teachers and leaders we want to move our low performing students to middle- and high-performing and move middle-performers to high performers. To do this we focus on consistent feedback and formative assessment; these are actions teachers take every day to become better and better teachers [...]

Retaining New Teachers

  Retaining New Teachers. The school leaders and clinical educators / mentor teachers we work with in TeacherReady know the best way for new and early career teachers to learn and grow their skills is to complete tasks themselves with coaching and support from them. School leaders and [...]

The Art of Teaching in Istanbul, Turkey

The Art of Teaching. Mr. Stephen Freer is a 7th Grade English Language Arts Teacher and Level Leader, and Middle School Debate Coach in Istanbul, Turkey. This is his sixth year teaching at the Hisar School! What a pleasure it was for us to welcome Stephen and his early career teaching [...]

Extend Your Professional Learning Network

Extend Your Professional Learning Network. Today I was connecting with a few of our TeacherReady instructors and in doing so enjoyed the following “revelation” in an email exchange from Dr. Kim Thomas, an assistant principal: One of our new teachers this year was in one of my [...]

Love Teaching, Love Education

Love Teaching, Love Education. There’s a section in Liz Jazwiec’s book Eat That Cookie: Make Workplace Positivity Pay Off… For Individuals, Teams and Organizations, that is titled “Stop Beating Up on Healthcare.” In it Jazwiec talks about how there is no one harder on healthcare than the people [...]

Refer a Friend who would Make a Great Teacher

Refer a Friend! Know someone who would make a great teacher? Now is a critical time for the education profession! We’re seeing calls for high-stakes accountability, fewer new professionals entering the field, and continued requests for schools to do more to educate the whole child while not [...]

Harvest Wins with Reward and Recognition

As I read an assignment today from one of our teacher candidates in Lesson 3, I was reminded of the importance of reward and recognition as a feedback process in our classrooms. As teachers, we harvest wins with reward and recognition! At the beginning of this week we mentioned that everyone [...]

Teaching Gratitude Changes the World

Teaching Gratitude Changes the World. Each year in August our friends at Studer Education showcase select school district executives and their leadership teams at What’s Right in Education in Chicago. In 2016, more than 200 educational leaders attended. The event’s Twitter feed (#WRIE) [...]

Teaching Gives Life Chances to Children

Teaching Gives Life Chances to Children. Each year in August our friends at Studer Education showcase select school district executives and their leadership teams at What’s Right in Education in Chicago. In 2016, more than 200 educational leaders attended. The event’s Twitter feed (#WRIE) [...]

Teacher of Year Nicole Salter White

Earlier this month we received a letter from a proud educator sharing about the Satsuma City System Teacher of Year Nicole Salter White. Nicole completed TeacherReady in 2012, earning her professional teaching certificate in social studies. An excerpt from the letter:   The letter began, [...]

TeacherReady prepares New Teachers for School Year

This time of year is always so exciting for us! As TeacherReady prepares new teachers for the new school year and beyond, we also wanted to take time to welcome teachers back to the new school year, thank them and their school leaders for representing one of the greatest professions on the [...]

Teach in India || Alternative Certification

Over the last two years, TeacherReady has helped many individuals residing in India to earn their professional teaching certificate. In fact, India is one of the 95 different countries represented by teacher candidates (students) and teachers earning their professional certificate with [...]

A Classroom Gratitude Station

Ever thought about having a gratitude station in your classroom? A gratitude station provides an opportunity for students (and teachers and school leaders) to share a “Thank You” to someone who made a difference in their day, their life. A gratitude station setup in your classroom [...]

Summative Assessments are Teaching Always Actions

Summative Assessments. The Teaching ALWAYS Actions are ‘must do’ behaviors or essential teaching practices teachers must do every day in their classrooms to ensure students are engaged and therefore, learning. See earlier posts about the Teaching ALWAYS Actions from last week at Action 1: [...]

Feedback is Teaching Always Action

Feedback. The Teaching ALWAYS Actions are ‘must do’ behaviors or essential teaching practices teachers must do every day in their classrooms to ensure students are engaged and therefore, learning. See earlier posts from this week for Action 1: Procedures, Action 2: Targets, and Action 3: [...]

Practice is Teaching Always Action

Practice. The Teaching ALWAYS Actions are ‘must do’ behaviors or essential teaching practices teachers must do every day in their classrooms to ensure students are engaged and therefore, learning. See earlier posts from this week for Action 1: Procedures and Action 2: Targets. Action 3: [...]

Targets are Teaching Always Actions

Targets. The Teaching ALWAYS Actions are ‘must do’ behaviors or essential teaching practices teachers must do every day in their classrooms to ensure students are engaged and therefore, learning. See yesterday’s blog for Action 1: Procedures. Action 2: Targets Show and communicate the [...]

Procedures are Teaching Always Actions

Procedures. The Teaching ALWAYS Actions are ‘must do’ behaviors or essential teaching practices teachers must do every day in their classrooms to ensure students are engaged and therefore, learning. Action 1: Procedures Have a well-managed classroom with very well-defined classroom rules and [...]

Supporting New Teachers

Today is the first day of school in Santa Rosa County School District, Florida, and Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick was on this morning’s news sharing his excitement welcoming students, their parents, and teachers and staff on opening day. During the interview on WEAR television, the [...]

Classroom Mission Statement

One of the new additions to the TeacherReady curriculum is an activity that has teacher candidates preparing for the first days of school by creating a classroom mission statement. The activity includes sample classroom mission statements from one of our partner school districts, and provides [...]

TeacherReady in the News!

Today we celebrate TeacherReady in the News! Thanks to Pensacola News Journal reporter Thomas St. Myer for connecting with us at TeacherReady to learn more about alternative certification and its influence on teacher preparation. TeacherReady is state-approved and is a member of the NCATE [...]

Welcome Back to School!

Today kids in our hometown of Pensacola, Florida, in the Escambia County School District headed back to school. They were greeted with welcome back messages on school marquees, and smiley-face cookies, and great teachers and great leaders! Great leaders and teachers create a great school [...]

TeacherReady Teacher Laura Corder

Meet TeacherReady teacher Laura Corder. Ms. Corder earned a professional teaching certificate through TeacherReady, an online alternative certification program and a member of the NCATE accredited educator preparation institute of the University of West Florida. As an alternative certification [...]

Back to School. Every Child, Every Day!

As parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends, it’s likely that we have all celebrated Back to School with youngsters in our lives. In the book How Will You Measure Your Life, Christensen and his colleagues think about various aspects of their lives by asking what job they expect [...]

Teach in Colorado || Alternative Certification

Thus far in 2016, TeacherReady has helped 36 individuals from Colorado earn their professional teaching certificate in Florida, and many of these are Service Members and Veterans. TeacherReady is state-approved and a member of the nationally accredited professional education unit at the [...]

TeacherReady Teacher Sara Rabb

Meet TeacherReady teacher Sara Rabb at Oakcrest Elementary School in the Escambia County School District, Florida. Ms. Rabb earned a professional teaching certificate through TeacherReady, an online alternative certification program and a member of the NCATE accredited educator preparation [...]

Give Life Chances to Children

Educators are often asked, why did you go into education? Today in Chicago at What’s Right in Education, Dr. Pat Greco, Superintendent of Menomonee Falls School District shared it’s “to give life chances to children.” We also asked this question to our colleagues. Below [...]

Teach Abroad and Get Certified

TeacherReady engages with students and teacher candidates who teach abroad in 95 different countries! Excited to work with them and provide them an opportunity to get certified. Here’s what a few of them shared about their TeacherReady experience. “Having just completed your course [...]

Teach in China and Get Certified with TeacherReady

Teach in China! Check out this video from Silas, one of our TeacherReady teachers, who is teaching in China. Whether you’re teaching in China or across the globe, TeacherReady provides an opportunity to earn a professional teaching certificate from the State of Florida in as few as 9 [...]

Making a Difference for School Board Leaders.

Great teachers make great schools. They are the ones who work tirelessly to help students learn, grow, and achieve, the ones who make sure parents are satisfied with their children’s learning experience, the ones who never give up. Our focus at TeacherReady is to assist new teachers be [...]

Communicate Your Commitment to Students

At Hunt Elementary School in Jackson, Michigan, Principal Raczkowski-Shannon says to show our commitment to students, “We let students and their parents know that we do care about their children. We have a flyer posted outside of every classroom or on the door that is signed by each teacher [...]

TeacherReady Learning Ladder

Teaching methodology is a widely discussed topic in the education world.  Who’s Engaged? introduces The Learning Ladder. As part of the 30 day lesson development process teachers establish an overall learning goal that is represented at the top of the ladder. Teachers then create daily targets [...]

10 Reasons to Teach: Pay it Forward

1. Pay it Forward Pay it Forward. “I became a teacher because of my 11th grade American History teacher who worked to make us think she was crazy,” says Dr. Robin Largue. “She marched as the British marched on Breed’s Hill and played the National Anthem with the birth of the nation. Her class [...]

Teaching Always Actions: Targets!

The Teaching ALWAYS Actions are part of the curriculum and are actions that a teacher must do each day to be successful in creating an engaged classroom where students are learning. Action 2: Targets! Check out Action 1: Procedures here. Targets: Show and communicate the learning targets of the [...]

Teaching Always Actions: Procedures!

Our goal at TeacherReady is to help our teacher candidates earn a professional teaching certificate in the State of Florida and become successful first year teachers. The TeacherReady curriculum was developed with the assistance of national board certified teachers and is grounded in research [...]

TeacherReady Celebrates Troops who Teach

Meet Master Sergeant Matthew Knight, United States Marine Corps Reserves and Physical Education teacher at Indian Peaks Elementary School, Denver, Colorado. In his drive to become a classroom teacher, Matthew participated in the Troops to Teachers program. Matthew represents one of the [...]

Academic Excellence, Student Success at CSU Global

Interested in becoming a teacher? Individuals can earn K12 teaching credentials while earning a master’s degree, thanks to a continued partnership between CSU-Global and TeacherReady. Since 2014, more than 160 adults have engaged in the CSU-Global / TeacherReady partnership for an opportunity [...]

Moving beyond “Chronically Disengaged”

Chronically Disengaged is part of the title in a Forbes article. The author cites research that links student academic motivation with four conditions; three relate to when students:   feel competent enough to complete the task at hand; see a direct link between their actions and an outcome; [...]

Be a Teacher. Our Mission is…

Be a teacher. No matter what one’s profession, one might argue that all of us are teachers; that is, all of us seek to engage others in something—carpentry, government, gardening, a product, the legal system, chemistry, reading, communicating—where the “something” often represents our passion [...]

Keyword Feedback, Messages

Communicating with key words helps teachers maximize the potential influence of feedback they provide to students. Similarly, how teachers use key words can also help them maximize parent-teacher interactions. The following video highlights the power of (using key) words. In TeacherReady, we [...]

Teacher Appreciation Week – Teachers Matter

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week and today we share from students… Teachers Matter. [#TeachersMatter]. Students are fortunate to to have many great teachers that help them become engaged learners and make a difference in their lives. The student voices today help us to see that teachers matter; [...]

From Military to Teacher: Serve Again

As the U.S. celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week and National Military Appreciation month, our colleagues at TeacherReady share their continued commitment to Service men and women, their families, and the education programs and centers of the military. Nearly 900 active duty, reserve, and [...]

Teacher Appreciation Week and Teachable Moments

“Don’t let teachable moments get away” offers Susan McLeod, a National Board Certified Teacher with more than 25 years in the classroom and a TeacherReady instructor. Offering this advice now, after she was taught it by her mentor teacher as a student teacher: You should love [...]

Collaborate with Special Education Teachers

Collaborate with Special Education Teachers. As a special education teacher, I fought against the idea that the kids with special needs were “my kids” and all the rest of the kids were the general education teacher’s kids almost every day of my career.  When I am in a classroom, I pay attention [...]

@AshfordU forms Partnership with @TeacherReady

NEWS RELEASE Contact: Marianne Perez, Media Relations Manager 858.513.9240 x11636 · marianne.perez@ashford.edu   Ashford University Launches New Instructional Practice Specialization for Master of Arts in Education Degree Program Ashford forms partnership with TeacherReady® that will prepare [...]

Incorporate Movement into your Classroom

Incorporate Movement into Your Classroom. Currently, it is believed that getting kids moving in the classroom is essential to maintaining engagement.  This is also a way of reaching kids who learn kinesthetically or through actually doing an activity instead of reading about it.  This does not [...]

Learn Antonyms in the Classroom

Learn Antonyms! Not sure about you, but as an elementary teacher I sometimes think, “Pseudonyms and Antonyms and Synonyms, Oh My!” Are your students confused? Here’s a great activity that is played similar to the game Simon Says. In this game, however, whatever “Aunt [...]

Cooperative Learning with Hula Hoops

Earlier today I was reminded of my student teaching experience when a Mentor suggested to me that it would be helpful to focus on “limiting movement during content delivery” as a means of limiting distractions. If you’re anything like me, I was focused on discovering ways to [...]

For the Love of Teaching

Teachers are amazing people.  We constantly push and rediscover ourselves as the education system changes and develops. We lose sleep over kids that are in our classroom; we never stop believing in them. Check out this video from The Teaching Channel (here or by clicking on the image below): [...]

What if you could change your life?

  What if you could change your life? “Well, you can,” says Special Education teacher Serena Matarazzo. “If you think that you are not contributing enough to the betterment of society or wondering how you could make a difference, consider inspiring young minds!” She [...]

Communicate Expectations to Teachers

Great school leaders and great teachers make great schools. To get there, school leaders must recruit, retain, coach, and support effective teaching in their schools. To create school environments where students want to learn and are inspired to achieve, school leaders [must] first recognize [...]

Why have you decided to become a teacher?

Educators change lives. There are many reasons why candidates, just like you, choose our flexible online teaching certification program. However, all have the same purpose behind the decision: to pursue a passion in teaching and make a difference. Why have you decided to enter our online [...]

Be a Brand Ambassador for Your School!

Be a Brand Ambassador! When’s the last time your school district sent you an email like this? Please share the following press release with your [social] network. You can do this by… We encourage all employees to be brand ambassadors and share Huron content. When’s the last [...]

Recognize Student Strengths

Recognize Student Strengths. Today’s Exercise asks teachers to reflect on whether they consistently recognize student strengths. Historically, teachers have encouraged unsuccessful learners to act in particular ways by using grades as a punishment tool, such as assigning zeros on [...]

R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Respect Teaching

Respect Teaching. Not sure if you saw the most recent video of six-year old Joahnna engaging with the lyrics of Aretha Franklin’s Respect, but it’s quite spectacular to see how this young dancer channels the song’s message in her expressions:   Wouldn’t it be great [...]

College and Career Ready

At a graduation I attended in Kentucky on Saturday morning when the principal asked all the kids “who are college and career ready” to please stand, a large majority of the graduates stood up. This small school (total number of graduating seniors was 104) highlights the college and [...]

I want to be a Teacher! (Why?) Quick Reads

I want to be a teacher! It’s close to the end of the school year, so let’s connect our heart and mind with “Career Pride,” and what it means to love leading and learning in schools. Below are five quick reads on the topic of why I want to be a teacher: “The ability to [...]

Provide Feedback to Recognize Good Performance

Students’ progression from one learning target to another works best when students receive descriptive feedback to help them improve. Provide feedback to recognize good performance. As teachers think about how we generally perform two teaching actions related to feedback: My students receive [...]

Power of Identification Teachers Connect with Kids

The power of identification is often the jumping off point for individuals on their way to achieving great results. As educators, we might argue that without the power of identification nothing can be accomplished. Celebrated, yet now deceased renowned educator Rita Pierson, conveyed this in a [...]

Key Word Messages #ProfDev

Key words help teachers maximize their interactions with students and parents. When teachers key word messages to students and to parents, we provide clear communication, whether it be of expectations or to reduce anxiety about the first day of school, or testing. For this reason and many [...]

Reinforce Your Love for Teaching and Learning

We’re heading into the final weeks and months of school—often a time for celebrating high-achievement among colleagues and students. This time of year reinforces what it means to love teaching and learning in schools. This post offers an opportunity to connect our heart and mind via [...]

Power of Technology, Social Media #EdTech

Educators are resourceful. Think about it. As K12 educators, we share lesson plans, bulletin board ideas, and partner with local businesses and the local community to get supplies for our kids and classrooms. As university educators, we often recruit practitioners to come to our classrooms and [...]

Engage Teachers Using Online Survey Tools #EdTech

What if the call to action is at the instructional level – teachers responding to their coaches’ question, “What can we do to better assist you meet your instructional goals?” Engage teachers using online survey tools. Below is an example how instructional coaches at one [...]

Testing Tips for Parents and Students

Dr. Janet Pilcher began her career as an educator in the late 80s as a high school mathematics teacher and tennis coach at Woodham High School in the Escambia County School District (FL). This was the same school she attended as a kid growing up in Pensacola! She reflects on this time [...]

Why Teachers should Provide Descriptive Feedback

Students’ progression from one learning target to another works best when they receive descriptive feedback to help them improve. This means teachers should provide descriptive feedback. As a teacher, think about how you generally perform these two teaching actions related to feedback:  “…my [...]

Don’t Underestimate the Difference You Make

Often times it can be difficult to see the changes and the differences we’re making in the lives of students each and every day. Recently, a TeacherReady student teaching abroad in Thailand reminded us of why we do what we do to help teachers do what they do each and every single day. I [...]

Ms. Pfluke’s Journey to the Classroom

“I had 30 years of experience working with young people, but had never been a classroom teacher.” – Ms. Lillian Pfluke, TeacherReady alumna  Ms. Pfluke is one of more than 900 TeacherReady alumni teaching in 49 different states and 71 countries. As a second career teacher, Ms. Pfluke [...]

University of West Florida

TeacherReady is the state of Florida approved Educator Preparation Institute of the NCATE accredited Professional Education Unit at the University of West Florida. At the completion of TeacherReady, you can transfer up to 6 hours to the University of West Florida’s comprehensive master’s [...]

ESL Job Link

ESL Job Link is a teacher recruitment agency based in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Our mission is to help teachers find reputable teaching jobs in South Korea. We are excited to partner with TeacherReady because our partner schools in South Korea are eager to hire certified teachers. TeacherReady is [...]

Scientist in the Classroom

The Scientist in the Classroom Partnership (SCP) Program is a partnership between Vanderbilt University and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools focused on enhancing the teaching and learning of STEM in elementary and middle school classrooms. All participants in the program are graduate [...]

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