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Staying Close to Home to Increase Impact
Daryl Comery, NBCTJune 6, 2017

I am a product of Donaldsonville, Louisiana. That’s where I went to school, it’s where I played football and basketball and it’s where I learned about life’s ups and downs. It’s still my mother’s home. I have spent 12 of my 17 years as an educator in Donaldsonville including serving now, as the principal at Lowery Middle School. Lowery is the school I attended as a preteen and It’s great to give back to my community. But it’s a challenging community. We struggle with poverty and crime far more than pedagogy. So, this is a story of an educator being…

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Seeing the Intersections: The National Board and LDC
Kimba RaelMay 31, 2017

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) have teamed up to build a new course for all LDC CoreTools users to “Differentiate for All Students.” This is a natural collaboration due to the symbiotic relationship that exists between quality teaching and the LDC tools and resources. The National Board’s Five Core Propositions are the qualities and characteristics of practice that highly effective educators share. LDC provides a system that supports teachers in practicing these qualities in our work in concrete ways. The LDC tools and resources provide a practical way to enact the Five…

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Social Media for Teachers
Laura Gardner, NBCTMay 26, 2017

If you’re not yet using social media to connect with students, parents and other teachers, you’re missing out! Read on to find out simple ways to use social media to celebrate students, inform parents and the community, connect with other teachers and generally up your game! What Apps? Each app has a specific audience and purpose in education. Facebook is great for connecting with parents; they love to tag each other in posts that include students. Twitter is my favorite for connecting with other educators, especially Twitter chats (here is a pretty comprehensive list of Twitter education chats). Instagram and…

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My Opportunity to Meet the Press
Timothy Short, NBCTMay 24, 2017

Standing on a name card behind the set, microphone in hand, waiting to be announced to go on stage in front of a live and internet streaming audience, I turned to ask the moderator: “I wonder if this is what it is like to go on Meet the Press?” Recently I was asked to speak at The Atlantic magazine’s 3rd Annual Education Summit and I jumped at the professional learning opportunity. The Summit took place at the beautiful Knight Conference Center atop the Newseum in Washington D.C. on April 11, 2017. The topic I was there to discuss: teaching civics…

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I see Ms. Mason When I #PictureATeacher
Peggy Brookins, NBCTMay 9, 2017

What did I want to be when I grew up? When I was little, my answer was a dentist or an astronaut. But, I was a child of the 1960s, a turbulent time to be a young African American girl in the south. There were neighborhoods I couldn’t live in and places I couldn’t eat. Like many who may be reading this piece, I lived the moments that were described in history books – and my chosen professions were long shots. How did I become a teacher? I was one of those kids who asked LOTS of questions. In 8th…

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Appreciate the Teaching Profession by Securing its Future
Dan Brown, NBCTMay 5, 2017

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and teachers deserve it. Teachers deserve bagel breakfasts, flowers, and Starbucks gift cards. Teachers deserve higher pay, sane teaching loads, and technology that works. They deserve copy paper. Teacher Appreciation Week is a great time to give teachers these things. It’s also a good time to consider how to recruit and prepare a new generation of highly skilled teachers that we can appreciate in the years to come. With declining enrollment across the country in postsecondary-based teacher preparation programs, and an all-time low number of graduating high school seniors indicating interest in teaching, we have to…

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Words Matter: I Don’t “Give” Grades
Gina Wilson, NBCTMay 1, 2017

My daughter loves cooking shows so we watch a lot of Food Network TV at our house. Most of these shows are competitions, and when the shows get to the elimination point I often feel myself becoming agitated. I couldn’t figure out why until one of our recent daylong staff meetings to assess student progress. In my class, I don’t “give” grades – my students demonstrate their mastery of skills and I report a “grade” that reflects that. Our program assesses students on soft skills and academic skills and we discuss these expectations daily in class. My students practice skills…

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Teachers Must Be Ready to Engage
Sydney Chaffee, NBCTApril 19, 2017

It was late winter in my ninth grade Humanities class. We were learning about the history of South Africa—how the white-ruled government oppressed people of color and called it “apartheid,” and how those oppressed people resisted. My student Mark was having a hard day. He had repeatedly disrupted class with disrespectful comments towards his peers. I wrote him a pass to see the dean, and he was angry. On his way out the door, he looked back at me and yelled, “How can they have a white person teach us about apartheid? That’s so racist.” Being a white teacher in…

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Teaming Up to Support Teachers, from Beginning to Experienced
Amanda Ward, NBCTApril 13, 2017

When I first started teaching, nearly 20 years ago, I remember the excitement of setting up my classroom, preparing to teach three different high school English classes, supervise the student newspaper and act as the advisor of the junior class. By the end of September, reality had set in. My students had serious challenges outside of the school, impacting their performance in my class. I remember speaking to the mother of one of my students about his difficulties and she asked me what I thought she should do. At the time, I thought, “I’m 27 years old with no children of…

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National Board Certification: Journey to Becoming an Accomplished Teacher
Audra Damron, NBCTApril 6, 2017

Editor’s Note: This blog post has been reposted with permission from the author. See the original post here. In the Fall of 2014, I hit a fork in the road. No longer a new teacher, with 4 years of teaching under my belt, I wanted to take the first step in becoming a lifelong learner. I looked into two options: working towards a Masters degree or obtaining National Board Certification. Both would allow me to obtain additional knowledge that would benefit me in my classroom, provide a pay increase, and require time, effort and hard work to be successful. But…

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