WeAreTeachers and Alchemy Systems Offer Professional Development Microgrant for Teachers

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WeAreTeachers’ new microgrant, sponsored by Alchemy Systems, helps teachers cultivate professional development opportunities.

Finding the time and funding for personal development is difficult for educators. Alchemy and WeAreTeachers created this microgrant as a way of inspiring teachers to identify and reach their professional development goals.

WeAreTeachers, the online social and business network that brings together teachers, learners and content in the education industry, today announced the launch of a new professional development microgrant sponsored by Alchemy Systems, the leader in innovative training solutions for the global workforce. The microgrant titled, “From Theory to Practice: Professional Development that Impacts Your Classroom,” encourages teachers to develop professional development ideas that can be used in the classroom to educate and motivate their students.

To apply for the microgrant, teachers are asked to submit their ideal professional development scenarios online at http://www.WeAreTeachers.com. Voted on by the WeAreTeachers online community, the top ten submissions receive a microgrant of $200 and a flip video camera to document how they used the money to further their professional development goals. The videos will be posted on the WeAreTeachers website to encourage other teachers to implement similar strategies.

“Finding the time and funding for personal development is difficult for educators,” said Sandy Fivecoat, CEO and founder of WeAreTeachers. “Alchemy and WeAreTeachers created this microgrant as a way of inspiring teachers to identify and reach their professional development goals. It really symbolizes the heart of what WeAreTeachers and Alchemy are about: supporting teachers in their quest for excellence.”

“Alchemy Systems is thrilled to sponsor this microgrant that will help teachers bring their professional development dreams to fruition,” said Jeff Eastman, Alchemy Systems CEO. “It gives us great pleasure to help teachers reach their goals.”

Teachers can apply for the microgrant at http://www.weareteachers.com/
web/alchemysystems/microgrant from now until January 8, 2010. The winners will be announced on January 29, 2010.

About WeAreTeachers
WeAreTeachers (http://www.WeAreTeachers.com) is a social and business community for educators, businesses, and education marketers designed to enable community members to share, connect, and collaborate using Web 2.0 tools and services. It is the first community to include The Knowledge Marketplace that gives both educators and businesses the ability to share, sell, and receive recommendations on knowledge-based content and products. WeAreTeachers is committed to giving back to the educator community by distributing tangible rewards through educator grants and incentives from transactions and sponsors in The Knowledge Marketplace.

About Alchemy Systems
Alchemy is dedicated to providing technologies that foster the ongoing professional development of the global workforce. Through Alchemy’s training solutions, organizations are able to deliver, document and manage important training fundamentals for their employees in an efficient manner. Alchemy’s primary goal is to solve the challenges organizations face as they try to balance increased regulatory requirements with a productive training regimen. For more information, please go to http://www.alchemysystems.com or http://www.avatarpdms.com.

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