Last week I wrote an opinion about a teachers responsibility to use evidence-based practices in school. Yes, it’s the law – both NCLB and IDEA require use to use scientifically-based strategies to teach students. But it’s also my opinion that, as professionals, it’s our responsibility to provide our students with teaching and learning practices that are effective. I worked hard to be a professional teacher in the classroom and I want professional teachers teaching my children.
I received a comment on that blog reminding me that it is difficult for teachers to access current research and knowledge in our field – and I agree 100%. But it’s getting easier. Education Week wrote that
The University of North Texas in Denton, announced this week that it is taking steps to become the second public university in the United States to develop a policy to make faculty research available for free on the Web.
This is good news for educators. But we don’t have to wait for Texas; MIT, Harvard, and Stanford have been part of the open university movement for years. What does that mean? It means that you can attend courses from these institutions for free online. Now, if you don’t pay you don’t get credits from Harvard, but you do get the knowledge. Much of this is easily accessible through their websites or iTunes University. It’s as easy as downloading a podcast or subscribing to the the whole semester. Give it a try.
P.S. – I don’t guarantee great courses on behavior management from Harvard or Stanford yet, but the opportunity exists! A great EBD professor, Lyndal Bullock is at UNT Denton and maybe we will see some of his content some day.
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