Teaching Channel’s Managing Mayhem Share-a-Thon

Hey, accomplished teachers–this is right up your alley!  Share your ideas, strategies, and resources for managing mayhem in the classroom and have a chance to win $25 Target gift cards.  More important, contribute and get some great ideas!  See the Teaching Channel’s Managing Mayhem Share-a-Thon page.

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NBCTs: Earn a $5000 Scholarship for Our October Doctoral Program Cohort!

The NB Leadership Center is providing a $5000 scholarship for NBCTs and leaders who are INVITED by an NBCT to join an October Online Ed.D Cohort. Please share with NBCTs anywhere in the country! We have 12 slots left!

For more information, join the teleconference on Tues Sept 23 6pm PST, 9pm EST: Phone in 425-440-5100; IDCODE = 280055#

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Join the Smarter Balanced Online Panel

Attention Accomplished Teachers: Consider joining an online panel to help ensure that Common Core-aligned assessments are rigorous and fair, providing a reliable indicator of whether students are on track for college and career readiness.  Your voice needs to be heard!

Register below:


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Did You Catch Our Summer Newsletter?

We have heard from some NBCT-EDGE members that they did not receive our Summer 2014 newsletter, which was sent out at the end of July.  You can access it here:

NU NB Leadership Center Newsletter, Summer 2014

If you are a member who did not receive it, it may be due to your email server blocking the newsletter delivery, or it may be that we have an incorrect email address.  For the former, providing a hotmail (gmail, yahoo) account to associate with your membership may alleviate the issues.  If this is the case, or if you think we may have the wrong address on file for you, send your new hotmail address to Sean McCarthy to update your membership profile and ensure you receive future newsletters.


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National Board Academy 2014

The following post is from NU NB Leadership Center Program Ambassador Joanna Murray:

The National Board Academy 2014, held at the beautiful JW Marriot Camelback Inn Resort, in Scottsdale, Arizona, was a wonderful event. I attended along with my colleagues from the National University National Board Leadership Center.  Here are some key takeaways from the event:

  • The new Candidate Support websites are chock full of wonderful resources. Go to www.boardcertifiedteachers.org This website is for 2014-15 candidates who will be embarking on the new certification process, and already has many great resources available.
  • For those supporting candidates, the National Board just finished another wonderful page for this website: www.boardcertifiedteachers.org/resources Check out this page for materials that will help to serve candidates.
  • A great table of the current certificate areas by content and developmental area, resource explaining the research on National Board Certification, as well as a rationale for why one should choose to pursue certification, and, most valuable to this support provider, links to “At a Glance” documents for Component One and Component Two of the new assessment process.
  • Another document is an explanation for a Field Test opportunity for both National Board Certified Teachers and any qualified educator to do just that, field test the new National Board for Professional Teaching Standards assessment Components. The process is:
    • no cost and no risk
    • for research purposes only
    • will not count towards Certification, and,
    • offers a way to “practice” the process.

The day continued with a session on supports and challenges of the process. Facilitators offered an Improvement Science Strategy, put forth by the Carnegie Corporation, to help us brainstorm, within our different networks, strategies toward improving teaching and learning, with a lens on supporting the National Board Certification Process, especially in this time of transition. A great quote was that NBCTs are “Changing the narrative of our testimonial.” I learned that the National Board took on the challenge of making this great and current transitional shift in the assessment process based on the use of the Architecture of Accomplished Teaching. Over the last several years, in gaining knowledge of students (i.e. teachers and other stakeholders in the National Board community), learned a great deal about the changing faces of teachers and teaching, and realized that a shift had to be made. The big question was whether to completely shut down the program during the process, or keep an “Open while under construction” approach. To ensure that the system is kept alive during transition, the folks at National Board for Professional Teaching Standards chose the latter. I find the transition exciting and the rationales for the changes well grounded (more flexible, less costly, for example).

The event continued with break out sessions focused around two strategic goals of the National Board: building educator effectiveness across the career continuum, and promoting a vision of accomplished teaching that elevates the profession. Sessions during the rest of this event focused around strategic priorities, advancing education policy, empowering educators by nurturing expertise, and promoting student learning, growth, and achievement. Sessions were facilitated by some of the most amazing educational stakeholders in the nation, in this blogger’s opinion.

The resort itself is quite spectacular, as the images included will give testimony (see our event slideshow HERE). As one can imagine during these are the dog days of summer in Arizona, the weather outside was very hot and dry. With this in mind, our hosts really went above and beyond to offer every comfort to the 150 plus participants, including a wonderful first-night dinner and lots of other opportunities to stay hydrated, well-fed, and in a constant state of making contacts and connecting with friends and colleagues in this beautiful oasis.

In reflecting on the event, and the two goals of the National Board (noted above), it is apparent to this participant, that the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards team is really making every effort to achieve those goals, while maintaining their original mission: The mission of the National Board is to advance student learning and achievement by establishing the definitive standards and systems for certifying accomplished educators, providing programs and advocating policies that support excellence in teaching and leading and engaging National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and leaders in that process. (See more at: http://www.nbpts.org/mission-history#sthash.a2Ikdksk.dpuf)

I am really excited about what I see happening at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards!

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