Letter from the Founder|
by Tony Bott, Ed.D.
Greetings fellow teachers,
Welcome to the largest, most active virtual support community of teachers on the Internet - Teachers.Net. We are very pleased to offer teachers everywhere free networking tools and resources on our growing website. Since March 1996, Teachers.Net and Administrators.Net have served to bridge the isolation gap so frequently experienced by classroom teachers and administrators. This site was created to provide a communication network for educators seeking to share and improve their professional lives. Our networking resources are free to teachers, and always will be.
The Teachers.Net Gazette is a virtual, interactive magazine for teachers. The content is largely supplied by T.Netters from all over the world, seeking to share their knowledge and experiences with other teachers and gain new ideas and insights into their profession. We thank all those who share and empower us with real experiences and lessons to enrich our real teaching communities. Your work is reaching more than 150,000 teachers each month.
The value of your Teachers.Net community has not escaped the media, and it's time for a little bragging. We are pleased to share that both USA Today and MSNBC named Teachers.Net as one of the "Best Bets in Education."(Feb. 2000). TopTenLinks.com has listed Teachers.Net as the first or second most popular site in education for more than two years straight now. I say this to let you know that you're at the right place. Bookmark the site, and tell a friend. We grow mostly by word of mouth, teachers who find the site useful tell their colleagues about the site. Feel free to post-and-print our homepage in your staff room, teachers will be supported at Teachers.Net
Now, for those interested in some of the details about this community, there is exciting news to share. As the topic of my doctoral dissertation at UCLA, I elected to study the benefits that virtual communities provide to teachers. Over 1,000 T.Netters participated in this study, which yielded dramatic support for the virtual community influence on operational and intellectual teacher development. In fact, the American Education Research Association (AERA) selected an article on the topic for presentation at their national conference in New Orleans last month. If you'd like more details, the paper is online presently at http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/etu/kovaric/virtualcommunities.pdf .
We welcome your input and feedback; in fact, we're counting on it for planning our next virtual resources. Send a letter to the editor, or contact us via email@example.com. Most of the resources you use at Teachers.Net were created in response to user feedback. Your suggestion will be integrated to assist the entire virtual community - your peers and colleagues. The network effect is positively shaping teacher interaction here at Teachers.Net.
Tony Bott, Ed.D.