Check out this blog post from Education Week blogger John Wilson. In it, he advocates for National Board Certification becoming the "norm for teachers, not an elite status." This is a position NUPTDC strongly supports. Read the full post here.
Check out this Education Week Blog post by senior Pearson Foundation Fellow John Wilson: National Board Certification for All Teachers. In it, as he reflect on his attendance at the NBPTS 25th anniversary celebration on Capitol Hill, he imagines National Board Certification becoming the expectation for teachers, much as Medical Board Certification has become for doctors.
Check out this great article about National University by Ben Stein: Job's for Graduates. In this article, Stein, who spoke at NU's commencement last week, reflects on why he particularly impressed by the type of education students receive at National. For example, he says, "...they teach what America needs its students to know: the skills we need to keep America running. Again, these are not whiners and moaners at National University. These are the people who will keep us competitive and will keep themselves alive without a handout. Many of these students were single parents and worked at a job (maybe two jobs) while they studied. This is motivation indeed and motivation is everything." Check out more by clicking the link above and accessing the full article.
Great article from Linda Darling-Hammond, author of The Flat World and Education and The Right to Learn, which you may be familiar with if you have gone through or are currently in our MA program. This appeared in the Huffington Post: Maybe It's Time to Ask the Teachers?
Check out this public service announcement from the US Department of Education on the importance of reading to children:
Dear Accomplished NU Ambassadors, Program Liaisons, NU NBCT Faculty, NBCT candidates and Colleagues,
As National University’s NBCT Professional Teaching and Leadership Center develops services and partnerships nationwide, I’d like to extend and opportunity that may be of interest to you.
As accomplished teachers and leaders and practitioners in the field, I’m looking to YOU as experts in your knowledge, understanding and application of the national Common Core Standards (as you have experienced them to date). In Schools of Education across the country, a “knowledge gap” exists around the Common Core and how these new national standards for PK-12 students can be integrated into programs and coursework offered to pre-service teachers and graduates in teacher and administrator education.
The NUPTDC will offer a professional development “model” for teacher education faculty at NU and in collaboration with the NBPTS Higher Education Division, to be considered for access by multiple universities who partner with PK-12 schools and districts.
Could you serve, or would you nominate a “Common Core practitioner” to participate in a “training webinar” module? This webinar is designed for higher education faculty who will be invited to join in April ( exact date will be determined). We will include PowerPoint, video, chat, resources and continuous collaboration in the NUPTDC virtual community. I’m looking to reflect and represent:
Contact me directly by Monday, March 19, at my email below to indicate your desire to make a contribution and what your focus area might reflect.
Once I hear from you, you’ll get a short survey and a task to complete, followed by an invitation to meet together online to shape the webinar agenda with Sean, Joanna and myself.
Ronarae (Rae) Adams
Director and Lead Faculty
NBCT Professional Teaching and Leadership Development Center
National University, School of Education
Dear Distinguished Colleagues,
National University and the Professional Teaching Development Center has met on several occasions with NBPTS Leadership to share our design developing a congruent and cohort educational system that is driven by national standards and performance assessments. As NBCTs, we are poised to shape and drive new policies, practices and leadership that will result in evidence of highly prepared beginning teachers who go on to accomplished levels of teaching , leading and serving in any learning environment.
We have designed a new model for preparing , leading and serving teachers with NBPTS standards, processes and NBCTs as critical partners and resources that contribute to the development of an Evidenced Driven Generation of Educators ( Project EDGE). The NUPTDC offers aspiring educators NB opportunities and documentation of participating in the DISTINGUISHED Preparation Pathway.
You will learn more about the features, criteria, eligibility and activities currently under development at the Distinguished Educators Symposium and Reception for NBCTs on June 8 and 9 at National University, La Jolla.
Please save the date and prepare to RSVP on our website's NBCT Reception page. Details and an invitation will follow.
I am excited about the purposeful alignments and meaningful innovations we have envisioned and developed. Impact on student learning across the country and the world is sure to result.
Ronarae (Rae) Adams
Director and Lead Faculty
I recently attended the launch of Project RESPECT in DC. The work and initiatives integrate a focus on the voice of the teacher in shaping and governing reforms in teacher education and evaluation systems. Funding will be provided for numerous projects as we move forward with legislation. National Board Certified Teachers will be accessed more regularly in more roles across the country.
I hope you have a moment to view the event and to join the NU-PTDC in leveraging the conversation and initiatives to shape improvements in our PK-12 schools and learning environments. Collaboratively and collectively we will make an impact. You can view the event at this link:
I look forward to seeming many of you on JUNE 9, at the annual NU NBCT reception and symposium. We will have a special opportunity to view the Mitchell 20 movie as part of the weekend activities. Mark your calendars for a trip to La Jolla!
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing recently released a message regarding implementation of Senate Bill 941. The bill, which concerns the use of National Board Certification to clear credentials of California teachers, may have a hug impact on current and future NBCTs. Prior to this bill, NB Certification could only clear a credential if the NBCT held a preliminary credential in the same subject area. This bill would enable NBCTs who earned certification in an area other than the one they hold a preliminary credential to clear a second one. For example, a teacher with a multiple subject credential who becomes certified in AYA English Language Arts could earn a clear Single Subject English credential.
While we are awaiting further clarification of how this will work, check out the release for more information:
Implementation of Senate Bill 941 Concerning National Board Certification
The Obama Administration's 2013 proposed budget includes a new $5 billion competitive program to challenge states and districts to work with teachers, unions, colleges of education and other stakeholders to comprehensively reform the field of teaching. The proposal touches on every phase of teaching from training and tenure to compensation and career opportunities. For more details, check out this announcements on the Ed Gov site:
Obama Administration Seeks to Elevate Teaching Profession, Duncan to Launch RESPECT Project: Teacher-Led National Conversation