Virginia DeCesare, NBCT

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Virginia DeCesare has been teaching at Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado for 23 years. She is a National Board Certified teacher who teaches AP US History as well as US History to 9th graders. She also teaches an elective course on World War I and II that she created. She was named the 2017 Outstanding Teacher of American History by the Colorado State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Protecting Teacher Individuality in an Age of Standardization
Virginia DeCesare, NBCTNovember 14, 2017

Think for a moment about a particular teacher that impacted you over the course of your life. Most likely what stood out was that he or she did something different – something that other teachers before or after had not done. Whether through method or personality, this teacher was unique. It is this uniqueness, this individuality in great teachers that I fear is at risk in an age of standardization and collaboration in education. There has been a major push towards standardization in instruction over the last few decades. This standardization has shown itself in many forms, from use of…

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