NBPTS Standards vs. State Content Standards-- How to use them and why they matter!

Nov 13, 2019

NBPTS Standards – What are they and why do they matter?

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards first published “What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do” in 1989.  They later updated the document in 2016.  This list of five core propositions is the backbone for which the NBPTS teaching standards were then written and later revised by practicing “master” teachers at work in their classrooms. The NBPTS Standards now drive the instruction of over 122,000 NBCTs nationwide in 25 certificate areas.

During the NBPTS initial portfolio, teachers become intimately aware of these national teaching standards and begin to mold them into part of their muscle memory.  This ensures they become reflective in their practice and consistently showcase teaching that encourages a deep understanding of their students, while also planning for a presentation of rigorous content knowledge.  These standards drive NBCTs to use data and...

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Descriptive Writing for NBPTS Portfolio Success

Nov 06, 2019

Unlike the initial certification process for National Boards, the renewal process allows for only a few pages of written commentary, which requires extreme control on the part of the writer to use his/her words wisely.  Therefore, it is important to understand the types of writing needed and when to use them. 

In this post I will be discussing the first and maybe most important writing style necessary for producing a portfolio that is clear and concise. 

Descriptive writing is used in the PPG to “set the scene” for each PGE in Component One.  In fact, most of Component One’s 12-page written commentary will be descriptive writing.  In addition, you will use descriptive writing to set the stage for your learning experiences in both Component Two and Three. You will need to logically order a detailed description of your instructional choices and situation.  This description is extremely important for the assessor to understand the what,...

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How to Unpack the NBPTS Renewal Scoring Rubric

Oct 30, 2019

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has seven clear and concise rubric points that should be followed from the beginning to the end of the PPG process.  As a teacher coach, my style is to help teachers begin with the end in mind.  Therefore, I think it is important for you to understand that this is the end.  These rubric points are what your entire portfolio submission is graded on.  Your job is to provide clear, concise, and convincing evidence to meet these through your planning, writing, video lessons, and/or learner samples.  So how do you get you started?  

First things first, look at the VERBS to determine what NBPTS wants you to DO:

  1. Identify and address significant needs of students, the professional community, parents, and/or self 
  2. Have acquired and/or deepened current certificate-specific content knowledge and/or pedagogical practice and have demonstrated it in your classroom practice 
  3. Have acquired...
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Professional Profile of Growth: Plan for Needs

Oct 23, 2019

There are so many types of needs but in the classroom the ones that matter are:

  • Your own professional needs
  • Your students’ needs
  • Parents’ needs
  • Colleagues’ needs
  • Community needs

Through your PPG renewal portfolio, you need to first define your professional growth experiences but second connect the needs you met to that PGE.

 It is important to remember that multiple needs will be addressed in strong professional growth experiences.  I have taken the time to outline some pretty common needs teachers connect to their PGEs.



For a deeper understanding and more specific examples, you may want to join my RENEW LIKE A PRO digital course that will soon be released.

You are never alone on this journey and I have a feeling you are preparing right now to… GO GROW BIG MY FRIEND!

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What makes a Professional Growth Experience (PGE) Powerful?

Oct 18, 2019

The National Board Certification process is grounded in the development of four powerful professional growth experience. Many times this is the hardest for teachers.

How do you choose a PGE?

What makes a PGE worthy of meeting the renewal rubric?

Should it be big or small?

After renewing my certification twice and scoring renewals for several years, I have unlocked the secrets to a powerful PGE. Use the checklist below to determine whether your PGE ideas are worthy of being in your Professional Profile of Growth (PPG portfolio for renewal candidates).


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