The Standard

“Dear Cathy, I Quit.”
Cathy McAlister, NBCTFebruary 23, 2015

By now, National Board candidates have read the Standards – their copies full of highlights and sticky notes. They’ve created their word documents and chosen their students (maybe). Now they sit with a blank computer screen staring at them. It all felt so much easier before Christmas when “after the holidays” was far off and full of promise.  Now, many are stuck between “I can do this,” and “What was I thinking?’ As the, “Sign your name here and make your payment,” deadline approaches for candidates, many are wondering if they are up to the task. Some candidates have set…

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Are you a leadership hoarder?
Mike Lee, NBCTFebruary 5, 2015

I love a good question, and am absolutely enamored with great ones.  This week, I received the latter. Having recently and frequently written about the inherent shortcomings of the current principalship model that is employed by schools across the country, I was asked this morning, “What about schools where the principal really is an instructional leader, has those talents, and applies them regularly?  Should they be reticent to share that leadership?  What would your message be to the principal who is the building’s instructional leader?” Well first, I would say, “Bravo!”   This is an astutely identified point of discussion,…

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ESEA should invest in the continuum of the education profession
Rachelle Moore, NBCTJanuary 27, 2015

Editor’s Note: Rachelle Moore, a Board-certified first-grade teacher from Seattle, testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee today on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act (ESEA). The following is her testimony. To watch a video of the hearing and see the testimony of other witnesses, click here. To see the National Board press release about Moore’s testimony, click here: Thank you Chairman Alexander, Senator Murray, and distinguished committee members for the opportunity to speak today.  Good morning, everyone. My name is Rachelle Moore and I am a National Board Certified Teacher and…

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Setting ‘The Standard’ for what’s to come
David B. Cohen, NBCTJanuary 15, 2015

Exactly twenty years ago, I was a graduate student and a student teacher, simultaneously trying to figure out what I was doing, and where I was headed as a teacher. Some of my professors at the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) told us about a relatively new National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. They explained the Board’s potential to elevate the profession by certifying accomplished teaching practice relative to a set of teacher-developed standards. Like a newly hatched bird, I imprinted on the National Board, saw it as an essential part of my growth and development in the profession. That…

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