The National Education Association of New Mexico has asked its rival teachers' union, the New Mexico Federation of Teachers, to consider disbanding and joining the n.e.a. affiliate.
Delegates at the n.m.-n.e.a.'s convention last month voted to offer n.m.f.t. officers seven positions in a united organization.
The offer, though "a good point for beginning talks," is not acceptable to the American Federation of Teachers affiliate, said John A. Ingram, the union's director of communications.
Instead, the union would like to explore merging the two groups and preserving the special character of each, he said.
Nevertheless, at its annual convention Nov. 4, the 4,500-member n.m.f.t. formed a committee to explore the proposal. In addition, the union has invited the n.e.a. affiliate, which has 7,300 members, to discuss the issue at a meeting next month in Albuquerque.
Both unions believe that forming one teachers' organization would strengthen the position of all New Mexico teachers, their spokesmen said.
In January, Washington State University will begin broadcasting over a satellite network a graduate course in elementary-school science for teachers.
Teachers who elect to take the satellite classes must be enrolled in a master's-degree program, which they will supplement with the w.s.u. classes, according to the university.
"We are not intending to offer a master's degree via satellite," noted Janet Kendall, assistant director of academic programs in the college of education.
The satellite system was devised to make master's-degree programs more accessible to teachers throughout the state. Beginning in 1992, teachers in the state will be required to have a master's degree in order to qualify for a professional continuing certificate.
The Music Educators National Conference has established a professional-certification program to recognize successful music teachers and promote high-quality school programs.
The organization plans to award two levels of certificate. Applications for the first level, a three-year "nationally registered music educator" certificate, must be completed by March 1990. The second level, which will begin in November 1990, will be a five-year "certified master music educator" credential.
Award of the certificates will be granted based on peer review of an applicant's professional background and teaching history.
Applications for registration must be accompanied by a $75 fee. For information, write menc Professional Certification, 1902 Association Dr., Reston, Va. 22091-1597.
The International Society for Technology in Education--an organization made up of educators who use computers in their work--has decided to band together with other organizations involved in the field of teacher training.
The organization, based in Eugene, Ore., has joined the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the major accrediting body for teacher-education programs. The accrediting group already has 23 other member organizations.
Richard Kunkel, executive director of ncate, said the iste's 12,000 members will add a significant element to the organization.
"Seeing that all teachers are adequately prepared in computers is really going to be very important to the schools," he said.
The Lilly Endowment has set aside $320,000 to promote "personal and professional revitalization" for public-school teachers in Indiana.
The grants from the endowment--begun by the family that founded Lilly Pharmaceuticals--will be awarded in amounts of $4,000 each to 80 Indiana teachers with creative proposals for independent projects to be pursued over the coming summer.
Any kindergarten through 12th-grade teacher who plans to continue teaching in the state during the 1990-91 school year is eligible for the competition. The deadline for proposals is Jan. 5.
For more information, contact Susie DeHart, Program Assistant, Lilly Endowment Inc., P.O. Box 88068, Indianapolis, Ind. 46208-0068; telephone (317) 924-5471.
Students in Iowa soon may be receiving free guides on how to study as part of an instructional-improvement and public-relations campaign mounted by the Iowa State Education Association and U.S. West Communications.
The $22,000 program aims to encourage Iowa teachers to distribute a checklist for students and parents to evaluate study habits, a learning guide that allows students to keep track of study time, and a booklet offering advice on how to study more effectively.
The campaign has also developed a six-part newspaper advertising series to publicize the program and emphasize the importance of good study skills.
A new teacher advisory board has been named to work with the staff of Weekly Reader.
The 13 elementary-school teachers named to the board will help the staff "keep the nation's largest school newsweekly in touch with what's happening in American classrooms," according to a statement issued by the publication.
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