Andrea Trudeau, NBCT

Andrea Trudeau (@Andrea_Trudeau) is a National Board Certified Teacher, Google Educator, Future Ready Librarian, and 20-year veteran in education who has held a variety of teaching roles at Alan B. Shepard Middle School in Deerfield District 109. Most recently, she became the school's library information specialist and hit the ground running in order to create an active learning commons that breaks free of the stereotype of a traditional library and embraces creativity, collaboration, and risk-taking. Andrea is passionate about project-based learning, literacy, innovative digital tools and resources, as well as the Maker Movement. She was fortunate to be invited to a roundtable discussion at the White House in June 2015 to discuss the potential of the Maker Movement in schools with educational leaders across the nation and has been a contributor to books about digital citizenship and educational leadership. She continues to be a strong advocate for hands-on, meaningful, and fun learning experiences for students.

Back to the Future: Reflections on NBPTS Renewal

January 9, 2018

As a child of the ‘80s, I hold a particular fondness for the classic film series Back to the Future. You know the one: Doc Brown and Marty McFly cruising through time in that sweet plutonium-powered DeLorean. They hop back and forth from the past to the future in an effort to repair the present. When I started my renewal for my National Board certification, it felt a bit like Doc Brown and Marty McFly’s experience. There I was, about eight years later, returning to a process similar to when I first obtained my NBCT: carefully examining my content standards,…

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