Elizabeth Schley, NBCT

Elizabeth Schley is currently in her 16th year of teaching and has taught most of the social sciences in a public school setting including 8th grade (12 years) and AP Government and Politics (5 years). Schley has also dabbled in APUSH, World History, US History, and College Prep Government and Politics. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Development and a Master’s in Secondary Education, History from Northern Arizona University. Schley currently writes blogs for social studies teachers and teachingapgovernment.com and loves to help teachers as they move along their educational journey. Schley has been to many amazing professional developments including a weeklong stay at Mount Vernon, a weekend stay at Montpelier, and attending decisions at the Supreme Court. She is on the Bill of Rights Teacher Council and a part of the iCivics Educator Network. Schley states she is most proud of her National Board Certification in 2009, as well as her renewal within the past year.

Accomplished Teachers Help Create Informed and Engaged Citizens

May 2, 2019

As a National Board Certified Teacher, I feel empowered and propelled to advocate for the best possible civic education for all students in order to create informed and engaged citizens who feel confident to participate in civil discourse. Nothing is more exciting than having one of your students hurry to class to tell you that they registered to vote, or that they watched a debate on TV, or that they are changing their major because they have become passionate about the subject of political science and history. I get so excited when I see my students engaged and enthusiastic about…

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Push Past the Boundaries

January 29, 2019

I initially became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2009, and the process completely rocked my social studies world. For so long, I had understood assessment as more or less a regurgitation of facts or the ability to write an essay where everything was correct. During my initial process, I was required to dig deep and really look at how what I was doing in my classroom affected my students. Besides the standards, what did I really want them to know? How was I going to assess that? Would I be comfortable pushing for change in social studies assessments? The…

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