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Corey Oliver, a National Board Certified Teacher in  English Language Arts, teaches 7th grade English in the Conway Public School District in Conway, Arkansas. A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas (also in Conway), Corey maintains his involvement with the University as an adjunct instructor in the College of Education. Passionate about expanding his cultural awareness through international travel experiences and, in turn, increasing his students' understanding and appreciation of the world around them, Corey has participated in five international training programs for educators, traveling to Russia, China, Japan and South Africa.  
The Teacher’s Pledge of Relationship
Corey Oliver, NBCTMay 22, 2015

Editor’s Note: Corey Oliver is a National Board Certified Teacher in English Language Arts. He teaches 7th grade English in the Conway Public School District in Conway, Arkansas. The views expressed in this blog are his own. Walking proudly across the stage at his high school graduation, Julien wears a smile that expands as cheers erupt from his adoring friends and family members and as he approaches his principal, who hands him his long awaited high school diploma. Julien’s fan club consists of not only his friends and family, but also at least one of his former teachers, who beams…

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T is for Teacher
Daniela Robles, NBCTMay 19, 2015

Editor’s Note: Daniela Robles is a Curriculum/Instructional Coach at Griffith Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Arizona K-12 Center. The views expressed in this blog are her own. One night recently, I found myself filling out the mundane insurance paperwork at Urgent Care. Perhaps it was the mind-numbing act of completing forms requiring information that I have completed fifty times before that prompted me to pause when I encountered the word, Occupation. Maybe it was my daughter’s high fever transferring to me, but I…

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If you see her, tell her
Mike Lee, NBCTMay 6, 2015

The year was 1981. The place was Tempe, Arizona. The shorts were corduroy. The socks were tubed. The hair was feathered and, according to my birth certificate but not necessarily my maturity or performance, I was ready for sixth grade. I’d originally come to Fuller Elementary near the end of 3rd grade, one week before the culminating Plastic-Version-of-a-Flute-Called-a-Recorder-Thing evening performance for parents.  I proved a natural at pretending to play that poor excuse for a flute, by inflating my cheeks and randomly wiggling my fingers, and survived the concert with nobody the wiser.  The next day, I demonstrated that I…

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The Lasting Impact of National Board Certification
Mark Gardner, NBCTApril 24, 2015

Editor’s Note:  Mark Gardner, NBCT, is a high school English teacher in southwest Washington state working in a hybrid role that also allows him to work on professional development experiences for teachers. The views expressed in this blog are his own.   It has now been ten years since my students first got used to the idea that when I was video recording class, I wasn’t doing it to “catch them” doing something wrong. I remember trying to explain to my ninth-grade special-education inclusion students what this whole “National Boards thing” was about–and to be honest, I wasn’t so sure myself,…

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