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Who Can Participate
All of our boards are intended exclusively for professional school teachers and staff (including classroom teachers, specialists, substitute teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and student teachers) working in early childhood, elementary, middle and high school. New teachers are especially welcome! We also welcome future teachers, 18 years of age or older, preparing for careers in the field of education; and retired and former school teachers with a continuing professional interest in teaching. We are NOT a parenting or homeschooling site.
Reporters, authors, parents, and all others seeking teacher opinions should contact ProTeacher for permission prior to posting.
Posting Advertisements is NOT permitted. Period.
Participate, but do not promote. If you are a teacher, you may share ideas with us, but you must NOT promote your own service, product, book, blog or website. Treat us as friends and colleagues, not as an opportunity!
Please - do not post announcements about your blog, website or 'store' on ProTeacher regardless of whether or not your intent is commercial. To preserve the friendly community atmosphere, ALL such announcements are strictly not allowed.
If you wish to share photos or files, you are encouraged to simply post those photos or files directly on the boards as attachments, or, alternatively, post links to photos uploaded to galleries or files posted on classroom or school websites containing no promotional links or references to your blog, website, or 'store'.
Similarly, avatars and any other images or attachments you post may not be used as vehicles for advertising or promoting yourself.
Advertisers, individuals, and organizations with news relevant to elementary school teaching are invited to post an announcement on our Advertisements board, a link to which can be found on our Home page. Advertisers are further invited to contact us to discuss advertising and promotional opportunities.
All other commercial messages and public service announcements are not allowed and shall be removed promptly. In addition, your web address, company or product name may be blocked permanently from view. Attempting to contact our visitors for commercial purposes except as mentioned in the preceding paragraph is not allowed nor tolerated.
You are considered an advertiser if you are promoting something such as a product, a service, a blog, a website, an organization, an event -even yourself- regardless of whether your intent is commercial or noncommercial. Do the right and proper thing. Post on the Advertisements board instead.
While all our Websites are intended exclusively for professional teachers and staff working in the field of Education, please keep in mind that ProTeacher is a public venue. As such, parents, and even students can (and do) occasionally access and read our discussions.
With this in mind, it is important to never mention real names of students, parents, or colleagues. Also, we should be especially careful when engaging in talk about others.
American humorist Will Rogers is quoted as saying, "Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip".
We think that is very good advice for discussions on ProTeacher and elsewhere.
For the safety and privacy of others, do not post photos of students. Do not post photos of other people you are not authorized to post.
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ProTeacher helps and supports persons employed as teachers and other professionals in the field of Education as well as future teachers enrolled in accredited programs of study leading to degrees in the field of Education. Your Content will be used and shared by ProTeacher to further that purposeful endeavor.
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