Mayor Guinta to announce major professional development opportunity for Manchester School District teachers

MANCHESTER (Sept. 13, 2007) – Mayor Frank Guinta, along with Sen. John E. Sununu, and other federal, state and local education dignitaries, will make a major announcement in regards to a federal professional development program for teachers of the Manchester School District. This announcement will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at the Manchester School District; 286 Commercial St.; Manchester.

“The U.S. Department of Education will be making available to Manchester its competitive Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative,” Mayor Guinta said. “This program provides Manchester teachers a free opportunity to participate in high-quality professional development. This will provide classroom support, technical assistance, and more collaboration, which is needed to ensure academic success for city students.”

According to the Department of Education, the Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative was designed by teachers for teachers in order to provide technical support, professional development opportunities, and recognition for teachers of all content areas and grade levels.

There is no one who knows better what actually works in the classroom than another teacher.” Sen. Sununu said. “‘Teacher-to-Teacher’ provides a valuable opportunity for our teachers in Manchester to work with colleagues across the country who have successfully applied research-based practices in their own classrooms.”

Research confirms that teachers are the most important factor in raising student achievement. The Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative aims to strengthen the efforts to provide the necessary professional support.

“In the District in Need of Improvement plan, one of the areas emphasized is more professional development. This program will compliment the efforts already underway in the District. I am encouraged by the buy-in at all levels and, I believe, this will provide our teachers more tools to help our students succeed,” Guinta said.

Along with Sen. Sununu, Michael Sentance , the Secretary’s Regional Representative of the Department of Education in Boston, will be at the event. The city’s superintendents will also be at the event and all 14 Manchester Board of School Committee members were also invited.