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Walking the Journey Together: A Couple of NBCTs
Carol Mohn, NBCT and Andrew Mohn, NBCTJanuary 10, 2018

As a dual educator family, we decided pursuing National Board Certification together was the best way for us to stay committed and support each other through the process. It turned out to be the best decision we could have made! Carol’s Perspective During the month of December, my teammates and I were privileged to participate in a #togetherisbetter challenge initiated by my principal. When it comes to seeking National Board Certification, I can think of no better phrase than that. Together truly is better. When I decided to apply for candidacy, I wanted someone to join me on the journey.…

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Back to the Future: Reflections on NBPTS Renewal
Andrea Trudeau, NBCTJanuary 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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National Board Certification: Taking Charge of Our Profession
Renee Moore, NBCTJanuary 8, 2018

Watching the reactions of teachers on my Twitter feed as they learned whether they had achieved National Board Certification this year brought wonderful memories of my own certification experience. I was in the generation of NBCTs who labored to complete the entire process in a year, and alternately hugged and cursed the blue shipping box. Like other major life events, I remember exactly where I was when I received my notification: dancing in front of a computer at the Internet café during the 2001 National Council of Teachers of English convention. The National Board and the Board Certification process have…

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Congrats! You’re an NBCT – Now What?
Becky McComish, NBCTJanuary 4, 2018

Congratulations on certifying as a National Board Certified Teacher! There is nothing more rewarding than logging into the NBPTS website the day of score release and seeing that congratulations banner. If this is your second, or third attempt, then multiply that feeling by about 1000. You put in the hard work, and now you can call yourself an NBCT! But what now? Back in 2009 when I certified, I assumed that the new letters behind my name would automatically open up opportunities for me as a teacher leader. I thought that leadership positions and the ability to leverage change would…

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Getting to the Top
Joe Underwood, NBCTDecember 27, 2017

How does a guy like me get to be named one of the top 50 teachers in the world out of 30,000 applications? I have been asking myself since I was honored by the Global Teacher Prize. It all starts with my wife and a suspended student. Nancy and I were married less than a year. She was teaching. I was going to castings for commercials and movies. She informed me it was fun seeing me on TV, “but, there’s no money. My parents and I think you would make a good teacher.” Luckily, her father was an administrator at…

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A Powerful Three Letter Word: TRY
Java Robinson, NBCTDecember 19, 2017

There is a poster hanging in my classroom with the quote, “You never know what YOU can do until you TRY.” Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. I remind my students of this idea every day. As a child I was always referred to as a “tomboy.” This was because I could always be found climbing trees, scaling buildings, or doing other things typically associated with my male counterparts. My mom would always get on me for coming home with my knee scraped and cut marks all over. Being a “lady” was not in my DNA. I wanted…

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Persevering Through My Journey to National Board Certification
Susan Collins, NBCTDecember 15, 2017

I wanted to love teaching. I wanted to be creative and enjoy watching my students learn. I had hit mid-career burnout, and I hated it! I needed to find my purpose and passion again. Was it possible? I knew about National Board Certification. Colleagues told me how it changed their teaching and they encouraged me to investigate. I wanted to be a better teacher but didn’t want another degree. I wanted to dig deep into what I do and make it better. I became a National Board Teacher Candidate. During the first year, I worked tirelessly: writing commentary, video recording…

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Podcast: Pushing to Succeed
Joanna Schimizzi, NBCTDecember 12, 2017

Joanna Schmizzi, NBCT was inspired by other educators in her department to pursue Board certification, and now she inspires teachers and students alike. The certification process encouraged her to push herself to be a lifelong learner, but it also made her push her students to be their best and pursue their goals. Listen as she details her NBCT journey. Download Episode

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John Lewis – The Greatest Living American!
Doug Graney, NBCTDecember 4, 2017

My Political Science class and my Philosophy class met a man who I consider to be “The Greatest Living American.” Congressman John Lewis is one of the giants of the Civil Rights era. Early on, he participated in sit-ins in Nashville and then became leader of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. It was in that capacity that he gave a hard-hitting speech at the March on Washington. His biggest achievement was bringing black people the right to vote in the South. He marched for voting rights and, of course, was the leader when state troopers attacked him and other marchers…

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I Can Accomplish Difficult Things, and So Can My Students
Heather Byington, NBCTNovember 21, 2017

In mid-October, I opened an email containing National Board renewal scores and saw “Congratulations!” It was a high point of my day. The 129 likes and 23 congratulating comments on Facebook left me with warm fuzzies, but as I sit and reflect on the most rewarding part of this renewal journey, I have to admit that the ways that I’ve become a better teacher through completing the National Board certification and the renewal process mean the most. Entering my initial certification process nine years ago, I saw myself as a strong teacher. The process made me analyze my teaching. I…

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