Daniela Robles, NBCT

Daniela Robles has spent nearly two decades serving the profession in multiple capacities. She achieved National Board Certification in Early/Middle Childhood Literacy-Language Arts in 2007, and is currently a Teacher Retention and Professional Development Coordinator  for the Balsz School District in Phoenix, Arizona. She served for two years as a member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards D.R.E.A.M. Team (Direct Recruiting Efforts to Attract Minorities). She is committed to serving our most deserving communities. Her commitment to this effort sparked the full feature documentary Mitchell 20 released in 2011. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Arizona K-12 Center. Robles believes that building the capacity of teachers, builds the capacity of students. She finds the act of amplifying her voice causes her heart rate to quicken, but that does not shake her belief that her thoughts and ideas are worthy of consideration and attention.    
Thank you, Ron
Daniela Robles, NBCTMarch 11, 2016

Editor’s note: the following blog post was written in honor of our former president & CEO, Ron Thorpe, who passed away last July after a year-long battle with cancer. Thorpe will posthumously receive the prestigious James A. Kelly award at Teaching & Learning 2016. The death of Ron Thorpe brought up strong emotions for me: anger, stress, uncertainty, and an overwhelming sense of sadness. Ron Thorpe came to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) at a time when educational reform was the name of the game, and National Board wasn’t on the field. Before Ron Thorpe, educators spanning…

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Game Plan
Daniela Robles, NBCTDecember 4, 2015

Do you remember when you were a National Board Candidate? Do you recall the first time you encountered “NBCT” after someone’s name? Feelings of longing most likely ensued. I recall that time. I was determined that when I achieved National Board Certification, the first thing I would do is add those 4 letters after my name. But, then I achieved, and I typed NBCT after my name, and I deleted it. I retyped NBCT, and once again, I deleted it. In that moment, I pondered, “Is it about the letters after my name, or is it about me?”   I…

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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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