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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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Networking for Success
Stacey McCluskey, NBCTJanuary 12, 2017

Before the end of the year, I experienced a perfect day for a hike. It was breezy and cool. The air had that sweet smell and the sky was cloudless. I had driven for about an hour to reach my destination, and upon my arrival, stepped out of my car, took a deep breath of fresh air, hoisted my bags onto my shoulders, and walked down a paved pathway to sit inside for the next four hours. The Bigelow Mountains would have to wait. This day was for networking.* Teaching is like hiking. Preparation helps to ensure an enjoyable experience,…

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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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Why a Great Teacher is Not Enough
Joshua Ray, NBCTNovember 26, 2018

In some schools, a great teacher can be used to do more harm than good. Where there are clearly identified “good” and “bad” teachers, often parents demand their child be placed in certain classes, staff members feel jealous, leaders are perceived to pick favorites, and achievement gaps develop across differing levels of instruction in the building. Where greatness is celebrated in isolation in schools, only a select group of kids benefit. Additionally, the principal who allows great teaching to remain in isolation must then accept the responsibility of choosing which children to exclude from the best his school has to…

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Five Core Propositions Applied
Amanda Klare, NBCTApril 10, 2018

For those of you who are at the beginning of your journey to become a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), you are about to become very familiar with the foundation of National Board Certification: the Five Core Propositions. Since I started my love affair with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, I have started to associate people from my professional learning network with each of the Five Core Propositions. I always say, “You are what you surround yourself with,” and lucky for me I am surrounded by amazing teacher leaders to strive to be like. Proposition 1: Teachers are…

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The Five Core Propositions: A Framework for Community and Connection
Tonia Holmes-Sutton, NBCTMarch 18, 2020

It’s 12:26 A.M here in Las Vegas. It’s only been a few hours since Governor Steve Sisolak ordered a statewide closure of all casinos, restaurants, bars, and nonessential businesses for the next 30 days. This latest response to COVID-19 comes only two days after Governor Sisolak announced the closure of all public, charter, and private schools, and five days after he held a press conference to declare a state of emergency for Nevada. Circumstances have changed quickly. It seems not that long ago that news of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China was being reported. Tonight, as I watch the…

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Ten Tiny Teaching Tips To Try Today
Anne Gardner, NBCTFebruary 26, 2020

This blog was originally posted at Common Core Connection USA. From the minute the kids arrive, to the time you get home at night, we’ve got some Tiny Teaching Tips That Can Make a BIG Difference! Help your kids feel seen, from the moment they enter the classroom in the morning! 1. Use Photos and Binder Clips to Make Movable Pieces! These can be used as kids sign in (attendance), or even to select their lunch choices. They are also handy to show whether someone is in the restroom or for playing pieces for board games. Another thought. . . Personalize magnets, like Kadeen does,…

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Why Certify?

Reasons to Certify? There are many reasons to become board-certified. Board-certified teachers prove their effectiveness in the classroom every day: Students learn more. A decade of research shows that students of Board-certified teachers learn more than their peers without Board-certified teachers. Studies have also found that the positive impact of having a Board-certified teacher is even greater for minority and low-income students. Teachers improve their practice. Board Certification allows teachers to hone their practice, showcase their talent in the classroom and demonstrate their dedication to their students and their profession. Demonstrate a commitment to excellence. Schools with National Board Certified Teachers…

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NBCTs Take a Stand in Support of Educational Policies
Java Robinson, NBCTJuly 15, 2016

From July 2-7, 2016, approximately 10,000 delegates convened in Washington, DC at the National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly (RA) to advocate for legislation to promote academic and social justice for all students. Among those present were members of the NEA NBCT caucus. These NBCTs work diligently at the RA to do the necessary work, but they are not the only ones.  All around the country NBCTs are taking action by lobbying legislators, writing letters, reaching out to the community, educating all stakeholders, using data and statistics and other means to identify faults and propose improvements in education systems. On…

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Certificate Specific: World Languages

For World Languages candidates, the date by which you must obtain the required ACTFL ratings will extend one year if you opt to defer completion of your initial attempt on all four components to 2020-21. That is, if you purchased a component(s) to complete your initial attempt on all four components in 2019-20 and defered to complete that component(s) in 2020-21, you may be eligible for an extension of the date by which the required ACTFL ratings must be obtained. If a World Languages candidate completely withdraws all components defered to 2020-21, they are not eligible for the extension of…

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