1/30/2021 Important update from NBPTS

Jan 30, 2021

Direct Message from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards: 

We have made adjustments to provide more time for candidates to finalize decisions and submit their National Board work; additional supports developed to address COVID pandemic-related impacts and an option to defer to next school year if needed.

Options

 

Certificate Extension

 

Webinars

 

Updated Guides

The following documents have been updated to reflect the information above and will be available on the National Board website on 2/1/21:

  • Guide to National Board Certification
  • Guide to Maintenance of Certification
  • Renewal Guide
  • Third-Party Payer Guide

 

We imagine that candidates may have some questions that are not...

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10 Must-Dos to Achieve Equity & Diversity in your Classroom

Aug 27, 2020

Promoting equity and diversity in the classroom need not be a challenge and is something all children deserve.

  • Use a variety of teaching methods to reach all modalities-- auditory, visual, and kinesthetic.
  • Use a variety of assessment strategies to meet the testing needs of all students
  • Use adaptive equipment and strategies as needed to meet all learner needs (large print, visuals, ect...)
  • Set clear rules in regard to treating others fairly and equitably.
  • Encourage students to take on roles (that showcases their strengths) in heterogeneous cooperative groups.
  • Build a classroom community grounded in the principles of a democracy.
  • Avoid stereotypes and support gender neutrality in examples and resources.
  • Actively support multiculturalism in your lessons and the resources you use.
  • Ensure all students have equitable access to opportunities, resources, and participation that encourage growth and success.
  • Plan lessons that reflect the diversity of students in your classroom.

 

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Have it your Way

Jul 17, 2020

There are many reasons why teachers going through the NBPTS MOC process reach out for support:

  1. Templates or Examples
  2. Like-minded individuals to bounce ideas
  3. Support with reading components for clarity
  4. A guide on the side to ensure success

Whatever reason brought you to this place, you are in the right place for support.

You might be a teacher that is finished with the process or nearly finished and wants to make sure you have clarity within your PPG toward the rubric.  This is where my Read and Advise service comes in.

You simply book an appointment to meet with me via a private Zoom meeting and at least 48 hours prior to the meeting you send your complete PPG Portfolio for me to read and view.  Then, during the Zoom meeting I take the time to go over my comments and suggestions for growth toward meeting the rubric.   For more information about the Read and Advise, click here.

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NBPTS Maintenance of Certificate (MOC) versus Renewal Rubric

Jun 22, 2020

Well folks… we are entering into a new era!  It’s Maintenance of Certification time at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and this means only one thing – many of you are probably nervous about the changes and wondering what may be in store for you through this new process.

For me, these changes are exciting!  After more than 20 years working with candidates (and the last ten years focusing exclusively on renewal candidates), I know how empowering the renewal process (and now Maintenance of Certificate) is for a teacher’s professional development.  Oh, the things you learn about yourself and the new impacts you will make on student learning are amazing!

So, to help you on this journey I thought the best place to start would be to compare the old versus the new. As you all know, the rubric is your road map to success in the MOC process.  You meet the bullets, you maintain certification.  You do not meet the bullets;...

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NBPTS Renewal During COVID-19 Pandemic

Mar 26, 2020

NBPTS Renewal is stressful, but especially so during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Take a look below to watch the Zoom Webinar from 03/23/2020. This will hopefully provide a little bit of clarity during these uncharted and stressful times!

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The Parking Lot!

Jan 01, 2020

To many of my readers the idea of a parking lot is not a new strategy.  I’m sharing this idea with you as a professional organizational tool more than a classroom pedagogical tool for the sake of this blog entry.  There is so much information that must flow from your brain to paper to complete the PPG Renewal portfolio for NBPTS.  This visual will be an asset for you to “park” your thoughts, ideas, and reflect daily.  It covers all the areas that most candidates feel overwhelmed in throughout the process.  Let’s unpack this document to see how it could help you.

  1. Questions – Each time you have a question about anything related to the process, park it in the upper left quadrant until you can get to your renewal coach or into your support groups/cohorts.
  2. Like – Each time you “like” an idea that you believe fits within your story or choice of videotaped lesson/s, post the link in the upper right-hand quadrant...
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How do I understand what the Portfolio Questions are asking me to do, and what is the best way to plan to answer them?

Dec 11, 2019

Here my friend is the 24-million-dollar question that almost every NBPTS candidate asks themselves at one point or another during the portfolio process! The questions seem vague and repetitive it first glance.  Then you realize what it truly is they want you to do.  NBPTS wants you to unpack the question to fit your situation.  We are all different.  Our student population is not the same, and our professional experiences are unique to the communities we serve.  Therefore, you must tackle the written commentary portion of NBPTS with the lens of a doctor.  Let’s look at any example of how this would look.

First questions in a written commentary set are descriptive in nature.  THINK & WRITE DESCRIPTIVELY!

The doctor asks: “Describe to me your symptoms and what you have done so far to solve this health problem.” 

The teacher asks: “What is/or has been my current teaching/learning situation and what do my learners look...

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Reflective Writing for NBPTS Portfolio Success

Dec 04, 2019

In this post I will be discussing the third and final writing style that will prove your ability to reflect on your teaching and students’ learning in a deep and meaningful way.  This writing style will show convincing evidence to prove your ability to significantly impact student learning through your practice. 

In Components 2 and 3, plus the reflection, reflective writing is used as a “thought process” that must be engaged in after each teaching or growth experience.   Through your reflection, you will determine how you would approach similar situations in the future and what changes you would likely make to improve the experience for your learners. This reflective writing is extremely important for the assessor to understand how you will use what you have learned from your lessons and PGEs to inform and improve your teaching in the future.

I know what you are saying now, how do I know the difference in whether the NBPTS wants me to write...

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Analytical Writing for NBPTS Porfolio Success

Nov 27, 2019

In this post I will be discussing the second and most important writing style necessary for producing a portfolio that shows convincing evidence toward meeting the rubric bullets. 

In Component 1 analytical writing is used in the PPG to “dissect the scene” for each PGE.   In addition, you will use analytical writing to demonstrate, with evidence, that your learning experiences (and goals) are appropriate in both Component 2 and 3. Your analytical writing will showcase what your students’ performance suggests about your teaching. Through your analysis, you will clarify why you made the decisions you made and why you interpret student growth or lack of growth (with the support of evidence) relative to your choices in the lesson. This analytical writing is extremely important for the assessor to understand the why, in what ways, and how questions related to each PGE. You are using the evidence of learner work to explain and illustrate your practice...

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MILESTONES- The Backbone to the National Board Certification Renewal Process

Nov 20, 2019

Webster’s Definition of Milestone

an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development

          -Babies reach milestones.

          -Toddlers reach milestones.

          -Adolescents reach milestones.

          -Teenagers reach milestones.

          -And… TEACHERS reach milestones, as well!

Well, if you are going through the NBPTS MOCs, you better be showcasing some milestones.  You see, this is what the PPG (renewal portfolio) is really founded on – Milestones (significant changes).

Where do they go in the PPG?

So, what should they look like?

How do you know if you have any to write about?

Let’s dive deeper in each of these questions.

  1. Where do they go in the Profile of Professional Growth for NBPTS MOC?...
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